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October 24, 2012

Sometimes we crow in laughter

When a small boy was asked to write what he had learned about the human body, this is what he wrote; “Our body is divided into three parts, the braniam, the borox and the abominable cavity. The braniam contains the brain, if any. The borox contains the lungs, lights and heart. The abominable cavity contains the 5 bowels; a, e, I, o and u.” The pompous politician was winding up what he considered a stirring, fact-filled campaign speech. As he finished, he looked out over the rural audience and asked, “Now, then … are there any questions?” A farmer in bib overalls stood up and replied, “Only one. Who else is running?”

Hello from Huntsburg By William Bender

October 5, 2012: A rainy Friday afternoon when we came home … or the rain chased us home. I started a fire in the stove to take the chill off. It is getting that time of year. Saturday is finger stick day. I was there only two weeks ago. He didn’t charge anything, but I have to come back in two weeks. Must be they like my blood.] When I was still at home, we always went with slow time. I am not a fast time fan. It seems like we just turn the clocks back and turn around a few times and we have to turn the clocks ahead again. At home, the most we ever milked were 4 cows. So we were no big time farmers. The moneymaker was the sugar bush. Dad was a carpenter and brother Uria and I did most of the fieldwork. Dad’s name was Noah and one time he was building a garage for John Klatka. Well, little Johnny went to Sunday school and the Sunday school teacher was telling the class about Noah and the ark. And Johnny piped up, ” Noah is building our garage, too!”

by Steven Byler

A teacher urged his students to think before speaking, “Always count to 50 before speaking,” he advised, “And if it is something really important, count to 100.” The next day, while standing next to the wood stove he noticed all the children were watching him closely and moving their lips. After a few minutes, they all said at once, “Ninety-eight, ninety-nine, one hundred, your coat’s on fire!” Ah … such is life with children… Daffynition Coincide: What you do when it’s raining.

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Happy Birthday!! Oct. 25 Dora J. Miller (22) Oct. 25 Melvin Ray Shetler, Jr. (29) Oct. 26 James A. Miller (20) Oct. 28 Mrs. Uria Byler Oct. 28 Barbara D. Mullet (16) Oct. 28 Amanda J. Byler (74) Oct. 30 Verna Mae Miller (8) Oct. 31 Joseph J. Miller (72) Nov. 1 Loma Mae Miller (Allen) (14) Nov. 2 Emma M. Miller Nov. 3 Mrs. Bill (Edna) Byler (79) Nov. 3 Mrs. Freida Bender (38) Nov. 4 Jake Weaver (66) Nov. 4 Lorena C. Miller (17) Nov. 5 Frieda Yoder (17) Nov. 5 Sara Ann Yoder (8) Nov. 5 Mrs. Aaron (Rosa) Weaver Nov. 5 Mrs. Rudy (Emma) Detweiler (67) Nov. 5 Ellen J. Hershberger (70) Nov. 5 Albert J. Detweiler (38) Nov. 6 Aaron Shetler, Jr. (12) Nov. 7 Mrs. Ellen Detweiler (90) Nov. 9 Peg Mullenax (61) Nov. 11 Mrs. Matthew (Irene) Shetler (24) Nov. 11 Mrs. Katie Schmucker Nov. 11 Wayne M. Detweiler (45) Nov. 13 Mrs. Daniel (Susie) Troyer (70) Linda M. Miller (6) Marvin O. Miller (36) Mrs. Marie Miller (40)

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Ella B. (Shrock) Kauffman, 94, of Parkman, entered eternal rest peacefully Oct.16, 2012 at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born Oct. 19, 1917 to the late Benjamin H. and Susie (Miller) Shrock. Ella is once again reunited with her loving husband, John S. Kauffman, who passed in 2007. She was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Ella enjoyed spending time with her family. Ella will be missed by children, Sarah (Noah) Miller, Henry (Sarah) Kauffman, Susie (Ray) Burkholder, Andy (Edna) Kauffman, Elizabeth (Samuel) Weaver, Crist (Esther) Kauffman, Anna Miller, Edna (Chester) Miller, John (Esther) Kauffman, Ella (Chester) Miller, Melvin (Alma) Kauffman, Samuel (Edna) Kauffman, Sylvia (Jake) Mast, Barbara (Eli Jr.) Miller, Elma Kauffman; son-in-law, John Slabaugh; 125 grandchildren; 424 greatgrandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents; husband; daughter, Ida Slabaugh; son-in-law, Monroe Miller; and an infant son. Ella’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery in Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to

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John and Barb Mast, Nov. 15, 1962 (50) William and Barbara Byler (21) David and Esther Miller (8) Amos and Sadie Miller (15)

In Memory

Levi Hershberger ‌ Born Nov. 9, 1943, Died July 29, 2000 Barbara Schmucker ‌ Born Nov. 12, 1943, Died Jan. 20, 2005 Lizzie Hershberger ‌ Born Nov. 21, 1945, Died Jan. 24, 2001

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Bits and Pieces from the Past...........................04 Bookmobile News................................................06 Books in Review .................................................. 06 Children’s Immunization Clinics .................... 02 Greetings from Garrettsville.............................03 Greetings from the Plain Community...........06 Happy Birthdays ................................................. 02 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner.................03 Hello from Huntsburg.........................................01 In Memoriam.........................................................02 Howdy from West Farmington........................09 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


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Lines by Linda

Hello from the Amish Crossing Corner

October 8, 2012: Hello! A fire feels good these cool days and evenings. We had our first frost this morning. Our bountiful harvest is coming to an end. This week, the women get together to peel apples for the Apple Butter Festival held in the little town of Burton at the Century Village. They have many crafts and, of course, big iron kettles where apple butter is stirred continuously. Out of town guests here last week were my brother Dan and Betty Byler and daughter Beth, here from Kentucky. They arrived Wednesday evening and left again Saturday morning. On Friday morning, my sister Sara and John Hershberger stopped in on their way home to the McConnellsville area. They had been at their son John Jr.’s for a clambake Thursday evening, along with Dans and my local brothers, Kens and Freeman. We were at a wedding that day, so we missed out. Reports are it was delicious! ď Š We attended the wedding of Rudy and LeAnna Yoder at her parents’ Mark Gingeriches where family and friends gathered for a day of delicious food and fellowship. They were married by Bishop Mose Miller with the opening by Minister Vernon Miller from Pennsylvania (uncle of the bride) and scriptures by Deacon Dan Yoder (the groom’s father). Attendants were Lorene (bride’s twin) with John Weaver (Harvey), Joseph Yoder (Lee) and Edna Mae (groom’s sister). Guests were from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Holmes County and West Union, Ohio ‌ and possibly more.

there is gorgeous, but the colors aren’t any Oct. 9, 2012: prettier than our trees here in Ohio. What a beautiful morning. A little chilly Leaving for Virginia Beach Monday with frost this morning. A fire in the stove feels morning, Oct. 8, were Crist and Clara good. Hershberger, Crist and Ida Byler, Crist and Ada The sun shining on the trees makes for Yoder and son Christopher, Regina a beautiful display. But the leaves are and baby. They plan to come back fast falling. Chuckle on Saturday, Oct. 13. I guess Granddaughter Linda An elderly we would call them the “Crist and Marlin’s wedding is now woman went to Group�! past. We had a beautiful the post office to Going to visit Mrs. day, delicious food with buy stamps for her Robert Detweiler in Iowa last many friends and relatives Christmas cards. The Saturday, Sept. 29, were Mr. attending. The newlyweds clerk asked her what and Mrs. Crist N. Hershberger plan to move to Parkman denomination she wanted. and Mrs. Ada M. Miller. They on Soltis Road where Albert ‘Oh, good heavens!‘ the returned home early Sunday and Edna Mae Hershberger woman said, “Have we morning, Oct. 7. Robert lived. come to that? Well, Lydian has cancer. About 20 Grandson Danny Ray then, give me 50 years ago she was in a bad and Betty, daughter of Mel Catholics and buggy accident that left her and Ellen Troyer, plan to get paralyzed from the waist down. 50 Baptists!!� married next Tuesday, Oct. 16. Her sister Amanda Hershberger was We are hoping daughter Betty and her main caregiver until she died from family will come from Milo, Mich. cancer. Robert and Lydian were from this area Going to Conewango, N. Y. on Monday, before moving to Iowa. Oct. 8, to visit relatives were Mel and Fannie We just received word Mrs. Robert Yoder, Mrs. Edna Byler, Mrs. Sara Hostetler, Detweiler died this morning. The funeral will Mrs. Katherine Byler, Joe, Sara and Rebecca be Friday, Oct. 12. Kauffman, Mrs. Rebecca Gingerich and son Eli, and me. The scenery with the hills and valleys

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Oct. 6, 2012: It’s getting to the deadline to write for the Post. So I will take time this morning before I start Saturday cleaning. Barbara has started and granddaughter Rachel is coming to help us. We have most of the weekly cleaning to do. Barbara worked five days and was mowing lawn and did some laundry evenings. She also did my shopping. We were on a three day trip with Urie Bylers and their son Uries. It was a sightseeing trip to New York to see the fall foliage. It was very nice, but the sun didn’t shine much until the last day. We had a very good trip. We were through Conewango,

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Chunky Beef Soup

Submitted by Sarah Miller From Mrs. Lester (Alta) Detweiler 3/4 cups beef base 2 large cans beef broth 1 stick oleo or butter 4 quarts tomato juice 1 3/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup salt 4 quarts carrots 2 quarts green beans 3 quarts peas 4 quarts potatoes 2 quarts flour 8 pounds hamburger* 2 large onions, chopped 2 1/2 gallons water Salt and pepper Heat water, beef base and broth, butter, tomato juice, sugar and salt together until boiling. Cut vegetables in small cubes and cook separately in salted water until fork tender. Add vegetables to broth mixture. Take a little less than the 2 quarts flour and add enough water to make a smooth paste to thicken soup. Add to broth and vegetable mixture. Season hamburger and fry in butter. Until browned. Add hamburger and drippings to soup. Cold pack 2 hours or pressure cook for 40 minutes at 10 pounds pressure. Makes about 30 quarts of soup. *Beef chunks may be used instead of hamburger.

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Submitted by Jacquie Foote 2 - 3 pounds uncooked beef in small chunks* Left over beef and drippings from a beef roast 1 quart beef broth 1 pint stewed tomatoes** 3 large onions cut into eighths 8 medium potatoes, peeled and in chunks 3 cups fresh carrots, scraped and cut in chunks 3 tablespoons butter Flour Salt and pepper to taste

Brunswick Stew Anon

5 pound chicken in pieces 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup chopped onions 2 cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded and quartered 3 cups fresh lima beans 1 cup boiling water 2 cloves cayenne 3 cups corn 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 cup toasted breadcrumbs Sauté chicken pieces in butter until light brown. Remove pieces of chicken from pan. Brown onions in drippings. Place the chicken, onions and all the rest of the ingredients except the corn, Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs in a large stewing pot. Simmer, covered, until the chicken is nearly tender. Add corn and simmer until chicken and vegetables are tender. Remove chicken from bones, if you wish. Add Worcestershire sauce and stir in the breadcrumbs. Serves 8

Dredge beef chunks in flour and sauté’ in butter until brown. Place beef chunks and drippings in a soup kettle. Cut leftover roast beef into small pieces and add to kettle with its leftover drippings. Add beef broth and vegetables to kettle and being to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender. Add stewed tomatoes and bring to boil again. Reduce heat, adjust seasoning and let simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. With bread, this stew feeds a family of 6. * My Mom would buy a 5 – 6 pound chuck roast on sale and cut off 2 – 3 pounds to use for stew. ** Use a quart of stewed tomatoes if you wish.


Sauerkraut Soup Anon

1/2 cup chopped onion 3 tablespoons bacon drippings 1/2 clove minced garlic 1/2 pound diced lean pork 1 pound chopped sauerkraut 6 cups water 2 tablespoons pork base 1 1/2 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 teaspoons flour 1 teaspoon sugar

Canned Bean with Bacon Soup* Submitted by Sarah Miller From Mrs. David (Deborah) Yoder

4 pounds navy beans 8 cups potatoes, cubed 4 cups celery, sliced 4 cups carrots cut into chunks 4 quarts tomato juice 2 pounds bacon 6 cups onion 2 teaspoons pepper Salt to taste 2 bay leaves Soak navy beans overnight. Cook all vegetables except onions until soft. Cut up and fry bacon. Remove bacon and fry onions in the bacon fat. Put all ingredients in a large pot and heat until it simmers. Remove bay leaves and put soup into jars. Cold pack 1 hour in pressure canner or 2 hours in hot water bath. Makes about 16 quarts. * A delicious soup for cold evenings.

Bits and Pieces From the Past

Vegetable Soup 2 tablespoons bacon drippings or butter 1/4 cup diced carrots 1/2 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced celery 3 cups hot water 1 cup canned tomatoes 1/2 cup peeled, diced potatoes 1/2 cup peeled, diced turnips 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup chopped cabbage Place bacon drippings/butter a in large kettle. Sauté’ carrots, onions, and celery briefly in the fat. Add rest of ingredients except for the cabbage. Cover and cook for about 35 minutes. Add cabbage. Correct seasoning and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Makes 5 cups.

Only 61 days to Christmas!

Mom’s Beef Stew

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Roads are muddy There is some corn to husk, yet. D. D. Miller is still making cider. Moses Wengard moved to Troy on his farm which he traded with Jonas Mast. Levi Miller made a trip to Sugarloaf, accompanied by Jonas Coblentz. Jonas Miller had a severe fall last Sunday night, but is as well as can be expected. Valentine Gingerich will soon start for Iowa. Noah Slabaugh is in our midst. He will make his future home here. Noah is a hustler, if you don’t believe it ask M. & L.

July, 1985: A bear was seen on Old State Road, close to Shedd Road. Mrs. Joe D. J. Miller and her little boy were walking up toward Shedd Road to a field where Joe was working when they saw the bear. At first, she thought it might be a pony, but coming closer, she realized what it was. The bear went into the woods coming this way, too close for comfort. The Levi L. Yoders were both not feeling well yesterday. They appreciate company and letters. Mrs. Elmer Dan Yoder

Submitted by Sarah Miller

Vegetable Chowder Anon

1 quart okra, stem-less and sliced 2 cups diced celery 1 green pepper, seeded and diced 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup butter or bacon drippings 1 cup canned tomatoes, skinned and chopped 2 cups whole kernel corn 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon paprika 4 cups boiling water Salt and pepper to taste Add all other ingredients to the boiling water and stew gently until the vegetables are tender. Adjust the seasoning as desired. Makes about 6 cups.


In a soup kettle, sauté’ onions in bacon drippings until golden brown. Add garlic and diced pork. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Stir pork base in water. Add it and sauerkraut to kettle, cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Melt butter and stir in flour and a little of the hot soup. Add this butter/flour/bit of soup to the rest of the soup and stir in. Add sugar and correct the seasoning.

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By Katherine M. Byler

Oct. 9, 2012: It’s that time again; sit down. Hold still and scribble away. The pen, at times, wants to go faster than my brain allows. A fun group of Geaugians made a scenic jaunt to Conewango Valley, to visit relatives. Those going to Mrs. Emma Shetler’s for the day were the Mel Yoders, Mrs. Joe (Sarah) Miller, Mrs. Bill (Edna) Byler, Mrs. Lester (Sara) Hostetler and yours truly. Emma was a daughter of the late Andy C. Slabaughs who used to live here and moved to New York in 1953. Others going along and at 90 year old Dan E. N. Miller home, were his sister Mrs. Jacob (Rebecca) Gingerich and son Eli, the Joe A. Kauffmans, Ervin J. M. Miller and Rebecca A. Kauffman (who got the ball rolling in the first place in the planning of the day). It was enjoyed by all. Guess I sat in a corner while visiting at Emma’s and was accused of being like a certain Bill Bender “always in a corner�. Help!


Mom’s Diary

Should have taken notes, Mel Yoder was telling us some most interesting happenings. It was a long, tiring day and, after arguing with myself long and hard, I decided it wouldn’t “workâ€? to get ready to go to a wedding the next day. How I hated to miss the fellowship, to say nothing of the ceremony and the FOOD! I read something interesting‌ extremely interesting, I should say. Someone reported taking a concoction of 1 Tablespoon cornstarch in 1 /2 cup milk once a day for three days and the pain in the knee was “all goneâ€?! The person was suffering from arthritis. Is it worth a try? YOU try it and let me know if it works. A great day of visiting (and eating?) was enjoyed recently with Elizabeth Detweiler on Bundysburg Road. One can do a lot of reminiscing there. Sister Betty (Mrs. John Weaver) and her girls and I and my girls plus special guests, Aunt Mary S. Miller and Katie D. Miller went in and out between the raindrops, going to and fro. To keep you posted and on your toes...... there are only 61 days till Christmas! The time is SO fleeting!

By Barbara Ann Detweiler

Saturday, Sept. 22: Wayne, Laura, Andrew and Katherine went to pick grapes and were soaking wet when they got home. Luckily, John had started a fire in the stove, so they took hot showers and huddled around the stove. My parents came up for supper and to visit which was a treat. Sunday, Sept. 23: A rainy day. I got up once during the night and managed to kick my foot against a piece of furniture and, oh, the pain! I can still feel it tonight. A few church families came to visit tonight which helped make a long day shorter. It hailed a little while this afternoon and Betty and Norma were fascinated by the tiny ice balls. Monday, Sept. 24: A beautiful day and so hard to sit here and ignore the laundry. Wayne made me promise to stay off my feet, so I better listen! Katherine and Laura did the laundry tonight. Wayne steamed the grapes and got lots of juice. Tuesday, Sept. 25: A normal day in the Detweiler household. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Some of the church ladies came to visit this forenoon. Thursday, Sept. 27: I saw a doctor yesterday and he thinks my foot problem may not be staph infection after all. He’s not sure and wants me to see a rheumatologist. So I got an appointment, but won’t be able to get in until Oct. 22! That seems like a year from now! Friday, Sept. 28: Rose Edna stayed home from work today to help with all the work around here. Saturday, Sept. 29: First day of deer season. The reason I know is because I have three hunters in the house! Sunday, Sept. 30: Wayne went to a neighboring church. It was a long day for the children, but I enjoyed it and got lots of reading done. Monday, Oct. 1: Wayne and the boys went perch fishing and caught their limit, so that means lots of fish to eat. The girls are enjoying school. Norma is in second grade this year and is no longer one of the youngest in school anymore. I think she’s a bit jealous of the first graders! Tuesday, Oct. 2: I tidied up and mopped the floors despite my pain. Tonight was parent/teacher meeting at school and I decided to go.

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Bookmobile News By Jane Attina

Books in Review

Greetings from the bookmobile! I stopped at the post office on the way in to work this morning and found myself saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the frost is on the pumpkinâ&#x20AC;?. The ground certainly did have a white coating on it when I awoke, yet I knew the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sun would warm the earth and melt the frost into the ground. Later in the day, I found myself thinking about the phrase I used earlier â&#x20AC;Ś the frost is on the pumpkin â&#x20AC;Ś I wondered where that saying came from?  I assumed it referred to the cycle of autumn turning into winter and the need to prepare for the approaching cold weather, but was it coined by a particular author or poet I wondered.                                                               Working at the library sure makes it handy when I need information! No matter how large or small a question, it seems I can most always find an answer here. Sometimes I ask the expert Middlefield reference staff to aid me in my quest for knowledge, as they seem to have tricks up their sleeves that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always know of. The magic librarians I call them! With a bit of investigating I found that The FIGURATIVE meaning for â&#x20AC;&#x153;when the frost is on the pumpkinâ&#x20AC;? is that you are aging â&#x20AC;Ś thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some gray in your hair. If that is true then the frost has been on my pumpkin for quite a few years now! But seriously, I was excited when I found a poem by James Whitcomb Riley titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Frost is on the Punkin.â&#x20AC;?  As a child I knew of this poet because he wrote my most favorite poem of all. I read it so many times; I can still recall most of the words to this day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Orphant Annieâ&#x20AC;? was its title. The poem was inspired by Mary Alice â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allieâ&#x20AC;? Smith, an orphan living in the Riley home during his childhood. The poem contains four stanzas, the first introduces Annie and the following three are stories she is telling to young children. Each story tells of a bad child who is snatched away by goblins as a result of their misbehavior. The underlying moral and warning is announced in the final stanza, telling children that they should obey their parents and be kind to the unfortunate, lest they suffer the same fate. As a child I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d better be a good girl because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any goblins snatching me away!  This poem went on to serve as the inspiration for the character Little Orphan Annie upon whom was based a comic strip, plays, radio programs, television shows, and movies. If you would like to read this poem to your children just ask any librarian to order a copy. Surprisingly, I did not know that â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Frost is on the Pumpkinâ&#x20AC;? was written by the same author until today! Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the library a wonderful place?!  At the end of this edition of the Bookmobile News is the beginning of the poem for you to enjoy. The bookmobile missed a couple of days this week due to mechanical problems. We really dislike when this happens, as we know so many folks are out depending on the bookmobile to come to their neighborhoods. What makes it even worse is when we do not have phone numbers for our patrons. We are currently updating our calling list so that we can let you know when we are off of the road due to breakdowns or bad weather. So please help us by adding your phone number to our list the next time you visit. If you do not have a phone, perhaps your neighbor wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind a call from us to help spread the word. If we miss a stop and your items become overdue, please let us know so that we may waive the fines. You may also call the library at any time to renew your materials. We apologize for this inconvenience.

By Jacquie Foote

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shape Shifterâ&#x20AC;? by Tony Hillerman was published by Harper-Collins Publishers, New York, New York, copyright 2006. Will the change in our culture result in the loss of the traditional values that have sustained us throughout our history? In his 20th mystery novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shape Shifter*â&#x20AC;?, Tony Hillerman addressed this concern ... from the perspective of the Navajo. Hillerman, winner of the Silver Spur Award for best western novel as well as the Navajo Tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Friend Award, wrote mysteries that take place on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Rezâ&#x20AC;? and feature Leaphorn and Chee, members of the Navajo Tribal Police. Starting with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blessing Wayâ&#x20AC;? written in 1970, Hillerman used the interaction between traditional Navajo Ways and the dominant American Culture as background. This his last book, chronicles more forcefully than the others the disregard for basic Navajo traditions and virtues such as dedication to family and striving to keep in harmony with life that is growing among an ever larger number of the Navajo Nation.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shape Shifterâ&#x20AC;? concerns a man who is a murderer and master thief, a man who seems able to become someone else at will. Leaphorn becomes involved when helping a former colleague investigate the theft of a Navajo rug called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woven Sorrowâ&#x20AC;? which tells the story of the Trail of Tears. Possession of this rug is said to bring a curse to the owner. As you learn more of the strange life of the man who has taken the rug, you will be tempted to hope the superstition is true. But does the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title merely refer to the thief? Is it the entire Navajo culture that will become a Shape Shifter as it contends with the ways of 21st century America? This book is for anyone with an adult reading level who likes a good clean story and can enjoy it either as an engrossing mystery, or as a tale of struggle between cultures. (*In the Navajo culture, a Shape Shifter is someone who pretends to be someone, or something, he is not. He is a liar and poser and is not to be trusted. Ancient lore says that a Shape Shifter will sometimes take on the form and habits of an animal.)

Greetings from the Plain Community By Donnie Miller

Oct. 9, 2012: The colors of our maple trees are just brilliant this year. We do not have to drive to the eastern states or down state. We have the best scenery right here, behind our houses. Just look around! We welcomed another grandchild when a daughter named Laurie was born to son Mike and Susie Mae on Sept. 26. All is well. One brother and three sisters welcome the new baby. Nancy and daughter Susan made a twoday trip to Indiana to help son Dannie with customer appreciation day for their produce customers. They left late Thursday evening and arrived back home late Saturday night. They traveled by Amtrak.

We were invited to two weddings recently and could not attend either one. Are we getting older or is our drive gone? Guess our git up and go has got up and left! A fire was built in our heating stove recently and sure does feel good on our cool mornings. Makes us often feel for those who must go to bed and wake up cold and hungry. Congratulations to widower Danny Troyer of Clymer, N.Y. and widow Linda Weaver on their wedding plans. Their date is Sunday, Oct. 21. Danny has seven children and Linda has six. We wish them Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessings and years of happiness. Danny and family will move to Geauga County. An auction for Grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belongings is planned for her children and grands for Saturday, Oct. 27. Will be a bittersweet day!

From the Christian Bookstores, here are the Top Ten Bestsellers. How many have you read? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Harbingerâ&#x20AC;? by Jonathan Cahn â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bridgeâ&#x20AC;? by Karen Kingsbury â&#x20AC;&#x153;Full Disclosureâ&#x20AC;? by Dee Henderson â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bridesmaidâ&#x20AC;? By Beverly Lewis â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Breath of Dawnâ&#x20AC;? by Kristen Heitzmann â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things Newâ&#x20AC;? by Lynn Austin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Susannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Wishâ&#x20AC;? by Jerry Elcher â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naomiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmasâ&#x20AC;? by Marta Perry â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Season of Angelsâ&#x20AC;? by Thomas Kincaid and Katherine Spencer â&#x20AC;&#x153;River of Mercyâ&#x20AC;? by B. J. Hoff Happy Reading from the Bookmobile!

When the Frost is on the Punkin By James Whitcomb Riley (1853 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1916)

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the stock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turkey-cock, And the clackinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the guineys and the cluckinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the hens, And the roosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence, O, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then the time a feller is a feelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at his best. With the risinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock, When the frost is on the punkin and the fodderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the stock.

Nutrient Dense Gardening By Daniel Fisher

Oct.12, 2012: Will try and do another article. By now I hope most of you did send your soil samples in and have cover crops growing. Now come the amendments we need in the soil. Phosphorous will make for more vigorous and rapid growth, early root growth, better development and quality fruit. It will also hasten maturity, increase nitrogen uptake, increase mineral content and make for higher sugar levels. It promotes energy release in cells, cell division (or more fruit), fruit enlargement and photosynthesis. Phosphorous is contained in a cellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DNA and is non-toxic. You can build phosphorous levels with cover crops, compost and soft rock phosphates. Wow, I never get done being amazed about how important phosphorous is â&#x20AC;Ś

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Autumn in coming, Leaves turning brown. Out of the trees, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tumbling down.

The lived-in home has a welcome mat, And sewing on the chairs, Books upon the mantel, Toys scattered on the stairs. The lived-in home is togetherness, Songs to sing and games to play, Friendly, kind folks to chat with. And a place to rest at the end of day.

Squirrels are scampering, Here and there. While off in the distance, I see a bear.

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By Laura Detweiler Down Tucker Hill, we went for a ride. Fell at the bottom, Katherine and I. We were blading at the park on Hayes. We went from the park, quite a ways. It was steep and curvy and looked like fun. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very dangerous for everyone. If you have on blades - or scooter, too. Stay away from that hill, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tellinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; you! Starting at the top, we just went slow. Around the curve, I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;OH NO!â&#x20AC;? I was goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; too fast, a-comin were cars, So I fell down and I saw stars!

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Saturday, Sept. 22: Today I did a double shift from last night. Sunday, Sept. 23: Of course, I slept in, and then I joined family for brunch. In the afternoon, I visited Kathleen at the hospital. I will take these notes to let her friends know her condition. She was found on the floor at home by the visiting nurse and she does not seem to be doing too well. Monday, Sept. 24: This was just a normal day at work. Tuesday, Sept. 25: I swept the attic and cleaned a cubbyhole before going on a few hours of errands. I missed going with the singers tonight because of doing a 12-hour overnight shift. Wednesday, Sept. 26: After a few hours sleep, I reported to work by 2 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 27: We went out to breakfast in Thompson with my client where I met up with cousin Cora who happened to be at the same place. Back home tonight and, burr, my house is cold! Friday, Sept. 28: Had breakfast with Bonnie while on errands and shopping. Kathleen had severe pain and had blocked intestinal surgery this p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29: I went to niece Adaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s until early p.m. to spend some time with them before their two eldest Marlin and Susan get married in the next few weeks. Kathleen is still in the ICU and in much pain. Got her mail and checked the house. Sunday, Sept. 30: Our council church was today at the David Hostetler home. Monday, Oct. 1: A normal workday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; am trying to fight off a cold. Tuesday, Oct. 2: I gave up this morning and started a fire in the stove. Predictions are for a cool week and am tired of having a cold house. We attended the wedding of Paul Yoder and Malinda Miller amid the rain and mud, but we are thankful to GOD for the rains. Tonight, the family surprised sister for her birthday. Wednesday, Oct. 3: Today, I started back cooking one day at Brooks House. Got to sleep in my own bed tonight.



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Our Life as we know it The first day, God created the dog and said: ‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’ The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’ So God agreed. On the second day, God created the monkey and said: ‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’ The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’ And God agreed. On the third day, God created the cow and said: ‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’ The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years... How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’ And God agreed again. On the fourth day, God created humans and said: ‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’ But the human said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’ ‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’ So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves ... For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family .... For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren ... And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone. Life has now been explained to you.

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Howdy from West Farmington By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Sept. 27, 2012: While looking across the street, I noticed the trees are turning colors and ready to burst into the golden, red and orange colors of autumn. When the corn is in shocks and the pumpkins stacked among the goldenrod and red sumac, there is so much beauty from the Master’s Hand all over our bountiful land. There is something about this time of year at the end of harvest! Leaving work and worry behind, there comes an urge to travel amongst the fall scenery. If plans hold out, a group of us will leave Oct. 1 for Lancaster, Pa. to visit our old time friends Elam and Emma Ebersols. Going are Emanuel and Maryann Staltzfus, Lester and Sara Hostetler, Ray and Sue Burkholder, Rudy and me, and maybe Carey Joes Mel and Kathryn Byler and Yogi and Maryann Miller. We plan to return Oct. 3. I was reading how half of the fun of traveling is the return home. That is the final satisfaction of a journey … the homecoming. To go is good, but to come back home is best, so, we always hope and pray for a safe trip! Widower Joe (Sams John) Miller and son Benji of Farmington are still deeply grieving the death of beloved wife and mother Alma who was killed instantly by a pickup truck last March while she took her daily walk. We could feel his sorrow Tuesday night when son Martys and we took supper over. Joe enjoys his visitors. His married children Joey Jr. and Karen and family, David and Becky, and Ida Mae also came. The next day, the married daughters of the late Freeman N.

Millers planned to come together with Joe’s married daughters since they lost their mother in a similar accident. Mrs. Les Mast Mary (my cousin) is recovering from surgery where doctors removed a cancerous tumor and is taking chemo. Her address is 16421 Burton Windsor Rd., Middlefield, 44062. Mail would help cheer her. Mrs. Aden Nancy Yoder, here on Clark Rd., is also taking chemo and has a sore on her foot. They are checking it out to see if it’s sugar related. Let’s remember her. Her address is 4740 Clark Rd., West Farmington, 44491. She is 31 years old and they have one daughter. Let’s cheer them up with whatever. She has had a hard battle with this cancer. They were at son Marty and Lori Detweilers last night along with her parents Homer and Martha Yoders, her Aunt Kathryn Hostetler and sister Robbie and Laura Masts. Also at Martys were son John and Laura Detweilers, Marvin and Emma Kauffmans, Joey and Mary Esther Detweiler and us. We reminded Marty he turned 34 years old. Their visitors Friday night were Mervin and Elizabeth Erbs, Mrs. Alta Erb and four children, Paul and Shirley Troyers and more. There was a nice crowd at Mel Masts for the Benefit Auction Wednesday night for Mespo Church. The fish and fries were very delicious. Thanks to those who made them. I got to see Preacher Andy D.A. and Ida Miller’s new home they built onto Mel Masts house. This was the old Sam Erb place and brings nice memories of my dear Aunt Emma.


Plain Country October 24th, 2012  

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