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Favorite Garden Memory By Jacquie Foote My favorite garden story is not one I lived. It’s one I heard. I don’t know if it is a true story, but, knowing small children and stubborn men, I believe that, in some form, this truly happened. J For some reason, a dad decided what he would truly like to do was to see if he could raise a “perfect” lawn. So, during winter evenings while his children did their schoolwork and his wife consulted vegetable seed catalogs, he read about grass cultivation and looked for the best seed for it. As early as possible in spring, Dad spent an hour or two each day after work planning and preparing his grass garden. He observed the wind direction (no weed seeds on his grass, thank you very much) and tested the soil, adding the proper nutrients for the grass seed he had purchased. His children paused for a little in helping Mom plant the vegetable garden to watch him sow the grass seed and shelter it with straw. The youngest, 4-year-old Anna, watched the longest, but soon wandered off to the meadow. The grass came up and, one day so did some weeds. Dad hurried to town for Roundup, which he poured over the little dandelion leaves. They were gone in 2 days. But, within a week, new dandelion weeds began to appear. This time Dad dug down by each weed and removed all trace of roots. And within a week more little dandelions! This time, Dad not only removed the roots, he removed the part of the soil the roots had been in and replaced it with new soil that had been heat treated to kill off all unwanted seed. Then he carefully looked over his neighbor’s yards to check for dandelions. There didn’t seem to be any. However, a week later, looking out his workshop window, he noticed a few tiny dandelion leaves making a determined effort to push up through the soil (and surrounding grass). He just stood there wondering if he should simply plow the whole grass garden under and start again with all new soil. Then he heard a child’s voice singing. He looked toward the driveway and saw little Anna hurrying along carrying an armful of dandelion flowers in full seed. She arrived at the grass garden and, dividing the dandelions into two generous hands full, stepped into the garden. Swooping and twirling, she began dancing through the grass, shaking the dandelions so the feathered seeds floated free, coming to rest among the blades like a whisper of snow. Dad stepped out of his shop. Anna saw him and ran to him, laughing and saying,

“Daddy! You spoiled my surprise! You needed flowers in your garden and I remembered Mamma telling me that the pretty yellow flowers are Daddylions and I knew that God must have made those flowers for you because they are named for you. So I have been trying and trying to plant them for you. But they keep dying! “First I got some from the neighbors’ yards, but now I have to go out by the fences and driveways and pretty soon I’ll get in trouble for going too far! But that’s all right. Because the yellow flowers will be beautiful and will tell you how much God loves you and how He named the flower for you!”

Garden Memories Continued on Page 8

Bits and Pieces of Yesterday Submitted byKatherine Byler

(From an Old Budget)

April 7, 1983 A daughter, Laura, was born to Eli L. Millers on Reeves Road, making 17 great grandchildren for us. Melvin Hershberger’s on Shedd Road have opened up a bulk food store called “Country Side Pantry”. The following girls expect to spend several days in Lancaster, Pa. next week to visit friends; Lizzie E., Mary E., Emma M. Mary S. (all Millers) Elizabeth and Mary Detweiler and Amanda Hershberger. Forty-six young folks attended a mystery supper at Levi and Saloma Miller’s on Sunday night. Several tried bringing their own spoons – but were soon found out. Budget scribe, Mrs. John Miller and husband are on a four-day trip to Gettysburg, Pa. and Washington D.C., so this is being written by a substitute who has decided Budget writing isn’t for everybody. (*Can anyone tell me who wrote the above for Mrs. Miller? KMB)

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Birthdays | Anniversaries | Memory of.......02 Bits and Pieces.........................................01 & 11 Bookmobile News.............................................11 Books in Review.................................................09 Children’s Immunization Clinics...................02 Coffee Break with Sue......................................05 Greetings from Garrettsville..........................04 Greetings from the Plain Community........04 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner..............03 Hello from Huntsburg......................................06 Howdy from West Farmington.....................03 In Memoriam......................................................02 Katherine’s Korner.............................................06 Lines by Linda.....................................................04 Local Amish Business Directory...................13 Mom’s Diary.........................................................09 Parkman Pathways............................................06 Plain Fun...............................................................12 Recipes..................................................................10 School pages.............................................07 & 08 Wanted..................................................................02

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May 10, 2014: I guess we went from winter to summer with almost 80 degree weather. It brought out the dandelion flowers. And the tulips are lovely. Last fall daughter Sylvia planted over 300 tulip bulbs and right now, they are beautiful. Thursday, May 8, I went to the viewing in Troutville, Pa, of widow Mrs. Eli Miller Mary. This was Eli’s second wife. His first wife was my sister Mary who died in 1979. Also going were David and Katie R. S. Miller, Mel and Mary Miller, Rudy and Emma Detweiler, Mrs. Andy U. Byler, Mrs. Crist E. Fisher, Mrs. John Slabaugh Mary and her daughter Esther Mast. The funeral was on Saturday, May 10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Marty and Martha Byler since their 3-year-old son was hurt with head injuries in a farm accident. He is in Rainbows Children Hospital. They live on Nauvoo Rd. Mail will reach them at 16824 Nauvoo Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. Wedding season has begun. We have four invitations here … not a good time to be on a diet! But maybe working outside doing yard work will help some! Going to see the tulips in Holland, Mich. were Dan and Sylvia Miller and 4 children and Maria Miller. They went with some friends, leaving Friday, May 9, and returning Saturday, May 10. The tulips were a little later this season account of the cold weather. Today, Saturday, we had the blood drive here. There were 99 donors. Thanks to all! Friday, May 9 was the funeral of widow Mrs. Eli Wengard Irene. She was 94 years old and lived with her granddaughter and family, Jacob J. Byler of Clark Rd. Richard Miller is now able to put weight on his leg injured in his sledding accident March 3.

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and I were resting out in our pavilion, our good neighbors John and Lois Cashiotta joined us and all had a glass full of cold lemonade. Yesterday was picnic day for Whispering Pines School here the 534 neighborhood and grandson Marty Jr. proudly came over to show us his report card saying he’ll be in 3rd grade next fall. It seems only yesterday he started his first day of school. Where does the time go? Daughter Kathy and I went to the viewing of Mrs. Eli Wengerd Irene at the home of her granddaughter Jacob and Barbara Byler on Clark Road. Irene finally got her wish and passed away at Briar Hill Nursing Home in Middlefield. I think her age was 92 years. We have a big haul of fish (perch from Lake Erie) marinating in lemon juice and milk to take along tomorrow evening when we get together with Sister Crist Ida Byler and their five married girls for birthdays and a fish fry. Happy gardening! Happy summer!

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By Linda Weaver May 13, 2014: Hello Friends, This rainy weather is bringing out the leaves … flowering trees are at their prettiest and lawns are being mowed twice a week already. Our sympathy to the family of Irene Wengerd (Mrs. Eli), 94, who passed away Tuesday. May 6. She was our good friend Betty Miller’s (deceased) mother. A son, Joe (Julia) survives along with three grandchildren and numerous greats and son-in-law Menno Miller (Sarah). The viewing and funeral were at granddaughter Barbara and Jacob Byler’s on Clark Road. Sunday, church was at daughter Sara Jane and Mary Mast’s. Visitors were Marty’s parents John and Barbara Mast and Marty’s nephew Steven and Susan Yoder and children. Five of our families were missing, so it was a small gathering, but an enjoyable day of fellowship. We enjoyed supper there with neighbors and son Aarons came too. Grandson Aaron Ray Weaver was also in church. Emily came to stay with Sam and Susan Detweiler recently. Her grands are Marvin and Sara Jane Detweiler and Bill and Betty Byler. Greats are Al Bylers and Jake Yoders. This makes three girls and three boys for Sams. Weddings are also on the agenda with Jacob Miller (Rays) and Amanda Weaver (Joes) for this Thursday, May 15 right here on Georgia Road. Church is here at our house on the 25th, so I better get busy. Wishing you a great summer!



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May 3, 2014 … We are so thankful for the warmer weather. Frogs are singing; daffodils and tulips are blooming. We have had plenty of moisture as of late. Farmers have most of their oats sown and are getting ready to plant corn. Some early birds have planted some gardens. I do not like to plant early as the only thing that grows early for me is the WEEDS! Lots of couples are getting married this spring. We attended the wedding at Eli L. Millers on May 1. Robert, son of John E. Troyers was wed to Cora daughter of Elis.They were given in marriage by Cora’s father. They will have their home in district #59, close by his parents. A chartered bus with the Daniel E. Miller family attended the wedding in Munfordville, Ky. on April 29, leaving on Monday morning and arriving back home on Wednesday evening. Willy son of Daniel Jr. wed Carol daughter of Joe J. Schmucker. On May 22, they will travel again for the wedding of Martha daughter of Daniel Jr. to John Schmucker. Also having wedding plans are Jacob Miller and Amanda Weaver at Joey Weavers on May 15. On May 22, Steven son of Walter Gingerich and Regina daughter of Norm Yoders plan to wed. Just received word of twin boys born to Chester D. Millers. Grands are Dan E. Millers and Ervin Fishers. Just a little note about our postal system … we received a letter addressed to 15424 Tavern Road, Butler, Ohio, 44001 when our address is Burton, Ohio, 44021. How it made it to our mailbox is a real mystery!




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can be cooked to make a broccoli-like dish full of vitamins and, believe it or not, protein. In cooking these blossoms, be sure not to include any adult leaves, as they will add bitterness to the dish. The seeds of the wild mustard plant can add a wisp of zest to salads, stews and sauces. Ground up and with a bit of water or vinegar added, you can make your own table mustard. Of course, ground mustard seeds are the main ingredients of the world famous “mustard plaster”. The seeds of this plant have long been considered of value. In fact, according to one of my sources the plant received its name from a corruption of the ancient Anglo-Saxon “must seed” for when Romans occupied ancient Britain, the seeds were processed by soaking them in a solution of grape, or “must” as it was called then. A relative of mustard is a plant with a pleasingly pepperish taste, called the Shepherd’s Purse. This common plant may be eaten raw or cooked. Indians made a nutritious meal from its seeds. The leaves are so full of vitamins that even boiling them will not remove all the nutrients. If you blanch the leaves, they take on a mild cabbage flavor. But be sure to wash them first! Shepherd’s Purse grows so close to the ground that the leaves are often coated with a film of dust and dirt. The dried leaves can be used to make a tea that is said to stimulate the kidneys. And from pioneer days on a handful of the fresh leaves soaked in water and applied to a painful bruise brings relief. All this and more just waits for you to recognize their worth. But remember; take an expert with you when hunting wild edibles until you have become an expert yourself. Source: “Feasting Free on Wild Edibles” by Bradford Angier

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Parkman Pathways By Ellen Hershberger

By Katherine Byler

The wedding cake was beautiful, as always. We’ve been to five weddings by the time you read this … plus invited to two more that we couldn’t attend due to interfering dates. Such good food (!), one needs to draw the line somewhere. Thankfully, TALK or

chitchat is NOT fattening. One learns much just by listening, also. But, orders are not to put it in this paper. We also went along to Rogers, Ohio, almost 2 hours away, to an auction that’s held monthly. Anything and everything you can think of is sold there, starting at 1 p.m. and going on until past 10 p.m. Whew! It was our first time, hopefully, not the last! My favorite part was the people! Oh yes, it was fun to rent a motor scooter for an hour, but forgot to use the horn and almost ran over Joe Troyer (Parkman-Mespo Road.) Our visiting night was with John and Betty Miller on Old State Road. He’s still sharp as a tack, I’d say. Their daughter Erma and hubby John S. joined us also. Hopefully, on May 27, we can go to Crist and Maryalice Miller’s home. One of these days I’m afraid I will meet myself coming home … or going away. Yes, it’s good to “be on the go”, even if at times ‘twould be nice to “hold still” for a while. It’s Spring Cleaning time, so it’s “stay home” but not “hold still”!

Saturday, Apr. 19: Washed windows and helped some with family Easter supper tonight. Sunday, Apr. 20: A few of us spent the afternoon at the hospital with Linda. Monday, Apr. 21: The usual Monday … treatment and town … then I cleaned the very dirty deck. Tuesday, Apr. 22: Had a first today … quilting at the DDC clinic. Then, our group sang for widow Franey Troyer tonight. Wednesday, Apr. 23: Seems I do too much puttering around, though I did get ceilings and walls washed in the front room. Then it was off to my 30 hour shift, with sleep. Thursday, Apr. 24: Tonight, after work, a friend and I visited Linda at Briar Hill. It’s tough getting her legs healed. Friday, Apr. 25: After a trip to Kurtz Fabric, I cut out a blue suit to wear to the wedding in Kentucky next week. Tonight, we stopped at the Fish Fry before walking across to visit Linda again. The fish were delicious. Saturday, Apr. 26: When I came home from work, I started sewing on the dress. Sunday, Apr. 27: Our communion was held today. Some in our family were sick and couldn’t attend. Monday, Apr. 28: Didn’t get much done after treatment and town with errands … too sleepy. Tuesday, Apr. 29: I got the dress done! Visiting with friends this evening topped off the day. Wednesday, Apr. 30: We head out to Kentucky this morning. There is much road construction going on and we were caught in it about four times. Thursday, May 1: A chilly, very windy wedding day, but the good food and fellowship made it all worthwhile. Friday, May 2: We had a good trip home and most of the construction was on the side going south. Traffic was stopped for miles on that side.

Schools are out, so am looking forward to grandchildren coming for a day once in a while. We’ll put them to work … shh! Don’t tell them. Speaking of going away, we have to go along with some of the grandchildren to a horse auction in Sullivan, Ohio near Ashland. We definitely need to buy another horse so this one won’t wear out all at once. I think if I watched out the window I could see the rhubarb and the peony plants grow! It seems they grow a foot in height in a day’s time! Reminiscing … not all memories from childhood are good. I recall seeing the piles of dishes to be washed, especially after supper. When the boys had no chores, they had to help. Talk about endless! But it makes me shiver to think about how I dawdled and how much patience my Mom had. With 10 boys and only two girls, the jobs had to be designated evenly, housework or not. But I never did learn how to milk a cow. Used to go to a neighbor’s when I was older and they tried their best to show me how. Didn’t work, did it? Also I harnessed and hitched up a horse one time and drove over. They laughed, but didn’t tell me what was wrong. Upon coming home, was informed the collar was upside-down! Well … it worked, didn’t it? J

Hello from Huntsburg By William Bender Is it really time for another letter? What is it going to be? Everyone knows we had a thunderstorm last night and that we have warm weather. Well, let’s see. I could write that Urias went to Cass City for a few days. They want to come home early Wednesday morning. Rudy Wengerds were in Hastings, Mich. over the weekend. They came home Monday eve. Sim’s Dans, Jake Kauffmans, sister Becky and Anna and I went to see Les Mary Ann Monday eve. She had more visitors. We had a short evening. Want to see Mose John’s Bill one evening soon. We also have a wedding invitation from Ervin’s Urias for May 22 for their daughter Ester and Jerry Miller. Let’s see, where did I leave the story last time … I will start here. … (Remember, Bob was laid off and took “early retirement. His wife, Nancy had to take a full time job for extra income and for health benefits. Nancy is not as young as she used to be and this is Bob’s story of how he helps her cope with it all.) Also, if I had a really good day of fishing, this allows her to gut and scale the fish at a more leisurely pace. Nancy is starting to complain a little, occasionally. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. In spite of her complaining, I continue to try to offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over 2 or even 3 days. That way she won’t have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn’t hurt her any (if you know what I mean). When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs more rest periods. She had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I try not to embarrass her when she needs these little extra rest breaks. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me too, and then take her break by the hammock so she can talk to me until I fall asleep. I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a daily basis. I’m not saying that my ability to show this much consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible. Nobody knows better than I do how frustrating women can become as they get older. However, guys, even if you just yell at your wife a little less often because of this article, I will consider that writing it was well worthwhile. (Editor’s note: Bob’s funeral was on Saturday, July 26. Nancy was acquitted Monday, July 28.) This is all for this time!

Saturday, May 3: After a night shift, I also did a 4-hour stint and then went home for the evening. Sunday, May 4: Aside from having brunch together, we mostly rested and read. Monday, May 5: This was the usual Monday of errands and the doctor. Then, our visiting group went to Bill and Edna Byler’s in the evening. Tuesday, May 6: This was a beautiful day to do lots of laundry, curtains, ironing, etc. Later, the singers went to John Schrocks. Wednesday, May 7: We were distressed to hear of the accident of Marty, 3-year-old son of cousin Marty. Thursday, May 8: I did the usual stint in Middlefield and then worked on getting the front room ready for painting. Friday, May 9: We didn’t make it to the viewing of Mary in Troutville. Nancy painted my front room today. Saturday, May 10: This was my Saturday to work (every other). We hear Marty is improving. Sunday, May 11: Church was at Albert Millers today and then we had supper at Sister’s. Monday, May 12: My house is still a mess, so, after the usual Monday duties, I worked on getting the china cabinet, etc. back in order. Tuesday, May 13: My concentration was mostly on getting all the blankets, quilts and throws washed and dried today. Thursday, May 15: I came off a 9 to 9 shift and arrived at the wedding late by Linda Miller. A very soggy, muddy day, but the food and fellowship was good. One little girl, observing the mud tracked in, said to me, “They have a lot of cleaning up to do!” Friday, May 16: We were sorry to hear of Aunt Fannie Yoder’s fall yesterday, the second hard fall in 5 weeks. She has some broken face bones. I am spring-cleaning. Please listen for my bell, and I’ll listen for yours. GOD BLESS!

Gardening Hints Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler . Put a shake of Epsom salt in each hole when planting melons and cucumbers and a garlic bulb in each hill. These keep bugs away. . Plant dill beside tomato plants to prevent tomato worms. . If melons and pumpkins rot, they need lime. (We use organic fertilizer and calcium lime.) . For a good crop of grapes, throw on some wood ash, calcium lime, Epsom salts in February, March, April and, even, May. . To control cabbageworms, sprinkle cayenne pepper on the plants. . For beautiful hanging baskets, use 20-20-20 plant food. (Can be bought at Walmart.) . If you have old seeds, to see if they will sprout, put some on wet newspaper and cover with more wet newspaper. Keep the papers damp. Seeds should sprout in 5 days if they are good. . A greenhouse owner says mixing 1 tablespoon Epsom salt in 1 gallon of water and watering your flowers and veggies with this will make them really grow. . Plant “above crops” (beans, corn, etc.) by the light of the moon. Plant “below crops” (potatoes, carrots, etc.) by the dark of the moon. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the best signs to plant in. . For nice big green peppers, sprinkle Epsom salts around the plants in the soil. . Peas love lime. . Plant radishes with carrot seeds. It’s easier to see the tiny carrot stems when radishes are ready to pull out.


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Sunny Hope School


Sunny Hope School is a school for special students. Children may start attending at age 3 and may continue learning at this very special place into their 20s. Class sizes are very small and Helpers are used, allowing the Teachers to work with each child individually to help each achieve daily, weekly and monthly goals. Plenty of song, art and fun time round out each day. We are very pleased to share some of their work with you.

Andrew’s Chocolate Cheesecake

Karen’s Birthday Cake

2 cups flour 3 eggs milk 4 boxes cream cheese 5 cups chocolate chips 4 cups milk Bake for 5 hours at 100 degrees.

1 cup sugar 4 cups flour 3 eggs 8 cups milk Frosting: 3 cups powdered sugar 3 cups brown sugar 1 cup water

Kathryn’s Chocolate Cake 2 eggs 3 cups 1 cup brown sugar 5 cups chocolate frosting 1 cup flour Bake at 5 degrees for 200 hours,

Rose Mary’s Birthday Cake

2 cups flour 2 eggs 3 packages instant vanilla pudding 4 cups milk 2 cups water Frosting: Blue food coloring, 3 drops 4 cups powder sugar 2 cups milk

Betty’s Birthday Cake

12 cups flour 3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 2 cups water 3 cups while sugar 2 1/2 cups soda Mix together. Bake at 20 degrees for 1/2 hour Put on sprinkles and frosting. Eat!

Katie’s Birthday Cake

2 eggs 1 cup Wesson Oil 2 cups flour 4 cups milk 2 cups water Sprinkles Frosting (white) Bake at 100 degrees for 40 minutes. Send to someone who has a birthday.

Mark’s Birthday Cake

2 cups sugar 1 cup flour 2 cups milk 2 eggs 1 cup butter Frosting: 3 drops brown food coloring 1 cup powder sugar 1 cup water 1 egg

Becca’s Birthday Cake

2 cups milk 2 cups flour 2 eggs 3 cups white sugar 4 cups powdered sugar 2 cups brown sugar Bake at 400 degrees for 1/2 hour. Put on frosting and sprinkles. Send to a friend.

Martha’s Birthday Cake

2 cups milk 1 box eggs 7 cups sugar 1 handful sugar 6 sticks butter Frosting: Whole handful powder sugar 1 cup sugar Red food coloring 1 cup milk


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From Our Schools Georgia Road School

Submitted by Linda Weaver The school picnic was enjoyed by young and old with a game of baseball between pupils and the men, races, candy throws and a delicious supper … and perfect weather. Beautiful singing and passing out report cards and diplomas brought another year of school here at Georgia Road to an end. Graduates this year are: Jacob Detweiler (Jake and Ellen), Karen Hershberger (Bob and Sara), our granddaughter Rosa Beth Mast (Marty and Sara Jane) David Gingerich (Wayne and Linda), Ida Mae Miller (Mervin and Barbara) and Steven Slabaugh (John Jr. and Esther). Steven was sick and missed the picnic.

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Garden Memories By Sarah Miller

When I was still a girl at home, we didn’t plant our main garden until early June. Then, we didn’t have to fight the weeds quite so much. I remember one year Dad decided to plant peanuts, but I don’t remember how they yielded. I’ll have to ask my sisters on that. In April or early May, we would plant our strawberry plants. Several years we planted several thousand plants (!) as we raised them to sell. Keeping the weeds down and the runners off was quite the job. But, the picking was fun. When we hoed the garden, we would take a rake and smooth down between rows and DARE anyone to walk on them! Mom was quite particular in the garden and also had lots of flowers such as porchlacas (which came up every year) and 4 o’clocks, which are so named because their flowers open up early in the morning and then close after it warms up during the day. In the fall, we would pick up the little black seeds that fell to the ground and save them to plant the next spring. Plus many more. Our neighbor had several apple trees, so we could get our apples for the picking. Mom would make him pies in return. This man never married and almost every Saturday morning, he would come up to our place and Mom would give him bakery for the week.

Submitted by Katherine Byler There are no gardening memories lurking in this feeble mind. Maybe one … but it’s not printable in a family newspaper!

By Ellen Hershberger

My memories of the garden while growing up? Well, there were Mom’s yummy fresh peas with rich milk sloshed on soft fresh homemade bread. Oh, so good! And Mom would plant a row of 4 o’clocks at the edge of the garden. I can still see my Dad standing there in the evening after a hard day’s work, just drinking in the sweet fragrance.

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Mom’s Diary By Barbara Ann Detweiler Saturday, Apr. 19: Katherine, Betty and Norma were my main helpers today. Wayne and Andrew went to the horse sale. Sunday, Apr. 20: To church and then some neighbors came for the evening. It was a beautiful sunny day and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Monday, Apr. 21 – Wednesday, Apr. 23: Beautiful days. The girls are really digging in with the cleaning. It feels so good to get rid of the winter accumulation of dust, etc! Thursday, Apr. 24: When I got up this morn, my fingers hurt so bad and were so swollen and stiff that I couldn’t open or close them. I had to get John’s lunch packed and somehow managed to do it. I felt very discouraged. Friday, Apr. 25: Betty, age 10, was helping put laundry through the wringer and, when she puts socks through, she sometimes loses some. She’s sure the wringer eats them! J Saturday, Apr. 26: We went to the Laundromat to wash some large blankets, etc. Betty went along and was putting socks in the dryer when she piped up with, “Does this thing eat socks?” We had a good laugh. Sunday, Apr. 27: Home all day. The kids were bored by tonight, but they survived. Monday, Apr. 28: The last day of school. I am glad to have the girls help at home. Katherine is now finished with school, so she can be my helper next year. Tuesday, Apr. 29: I had to stay out of Laura’s and Katherine’s way today, ‘cause they were washing off walls, etc. Wednesday, Apr. 30: Rainy day, so, some laundry was done. But the girls concentrated on doing more walls and ceilings. Thursday, May 1: Today there was lots of laundry to do. Luckily, it was a nice day. Friday, May 2: Laura and Katherine scootered down to Maple Lane on an errand for me. Saturday, May 3: Wayne, John and Andrew are working on redoing the outside of the barn. The girls had their tasks, so everyone was busy.

Books in Review By Jacquie Foote

“The Last Bride” was written by Beverly Lewis and published by Bethany House, Minneapolis, Minn., copyright 2014. This story is set in Hickory Hollow, Pa. where Beverly Lewis’s now famous Amish novels first began. It contains some of the characters familiar to her readers and concentrates on secrecy (and its sometimes shameful roots), privacy, sharing the affairs of others (a bad thing) and giving needed information to the right people (a good thing). It also addresses the problems that can arise in a community where so many are closely related to everyone else. Tessie Miller is the last of her Old Order Amish family to still be single. She and young Amishman, Marcus King, decide to marry, but her father, Ammon Miller, is firmly opposed, an opposition he will not discuss. Finally, Marcus persuades Tessie to come with him to secretly go to the Chester County courthouse to obtain a license to marry, and if Ammon continues his opposition, to, again in secret, return to the courthouse after the three day waiting period to be married there by a justice of the peace. Once they are married, Marcus hopes to, at the right time, inform Tessie’s family (and his) of the “fait accompli”, depending on the Amish community’s deeply held belief of the evil of divorce to incline them to accept their marriage. While they wait to reveal their marriage, they mostly live apart, she at home with her parents and he at the house he had purchased in anticipation of their wedding. Unfortunately, before the “right

time” arrives, Marcus is killed in an accident. It is shortly after this that Tessie discovers she is to have Marcus’s child. The book is written in first person with Tessie telling the story. Shocked at events and confused, Tessie holds the secret of her marriage and of her condition, hoping that she will be led to an acceptable way out. With her, the reader wonders if the handwritten document in Ammon’s desk, once accidentally found, would explain why he had so strongly opposed a marriage with Marcus. And what did the Bishop have to do with Ammon’s actions? How long should Tessie honor Marcus’s request for secrecy? And should she even try? The Amish community in this story is portrayed as one strictly holding to the Ordnung but filled with compassion. Tessie’s not always wise tendency to secrecy is one likely learned from her parents as it goes beyond simple avoidance of gossip or of privacy. Well plotted with interesting, “real” characters, this story addresses some of the difficulties of living the Amish way that are not often found in novels. It is intended for readers 7th grade through adulthood.

Sunday, May 4: To church and then Wayne’s Sis Barbara and Leroy Bender came for the evening. Monday, May 5: It’s so nice to have Katherine out of school and able to do laundry in the morn. Laura started to work at Art Form Nurseries today. She’ll be there for the summer. Tuesday, May 6: We went to the wedding of Willard Hostetler and Karen Shetler. It was a nice day and we saw lots of old friends, some from Kentucky. When I got home, I was miserable again with pain and swelling. So, down I went and stayed down for a few hours until I felt a little better. I, then, packed John’s lunch, took a shower and went to bed. Wednesday, May 7: The girls are doing outside work now, flowerbeds, etc. Thursday, May 8: I went to get some groceries. Friday, May 9 – Saturday, May 10: Normal days in the lives of the Detweilers. Sunday, May 11: We drove out to Brother Joe and Mary Jane’s. We walked down to see Ben and niece Barbara’s house that they’re putting up now. They lost their house in a fire and are working on a new one. Monday, May 12: I went to the greenhouse and bought some flowers. I told Betty and Norma where I wanted them and they did the labor. Tuesday, May 13: Betty and Norma helped me plant some flowers in pots. Wednesday, May 14: I went over to Crist and Emma Burkholder’s to help cook for their daughter Esther and Dan Weaver’s wedding tomorrow. Thursday, May 15: Esther and Dan got married and it rained almost all day. I helped where I could and then visited with family and friends in the afternoon. ‘Twas an enjoyable day. It was Norma’s 9th birthday … and we didn’t think of it until this afternoon at the wedding! Friday, May 16: Chilly today and dreary. Laura and Katherine did the touch up cleaning that we need to do before Sunday. We’re having church, so I have to get food ready too.

Chuckle Life According to John Mark John Mark said, “My horse and I have a lot in common; we’re both broke.” Also, when it was unseemingly cold, John Mark said, “Knock, knock.” I said, “Who’s there?” He said, “Lettuce.” I said, “Lettuce who?”

Mother’s Recipes Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler On Mother’s Day I came across this poem and had to think of my dear Mother.

He said, “Lettuce in; it’s cold out here!”

Her cookies are the best ones made. No one could match her lemonade. She cured the best of Country Ham, And made delicious berry jam. A better pie no one could make, Or even touch her chocolate cake. Her pickles were so crisp and nice. Her peaches were just right and sliced. And when I asked her recipe, She’d shake her head and smile at me. “Oh, I just guess at it, my dear.” And now it seems to me quite clear … One thing that’s used all else above, Her main ingredient is Love.


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Barbeque Sauce for Pork or Beef

Chicken Breast Sandwich

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler

Submitted by Linda Weaver

Cook together until brown, 2 tablespoons oleo and 1 small chopped onion. Add: 1 tablespoon vinegar 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 cup ketchup 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Chicken breasts, 1 for each person Bacon, for each person, sautĂŠed Tomato. Lettuce, cheese to taste Sweet Mustard Dip (see recipe below) Fry chicken in Italian Dressing until done. Place on your favorite kind of bun and add bacon, tomato, lettuce and cheese. Top with Sweet Mustard Dip. Delicious!

Cook slowly for 20 minutes. Add to beef or pork, simmering for 20 minutes. Serve on buns.

Pizza Burgers

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler 2 pounds ground beef 1 teaspoon oregano Chopped green pepper and chopped onion, enough for flavor 12 ounces tomato paste 1/2 grated Velveeta Shredded mozzarella cheese Hamburger buns Fry beef, oregano, onions and green peppers together and cool. Add tomato paste and Velveeta. Open hamburger buns and place on cookie sheet. Spread beef mixture on buns and sprinkle mozzarella on top. Bake 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

Broccoli Casserole (Easy and fairly quick) Submitted by Katherine Byler 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli 3 eggs, beaten lightly 3/4 cups milk 1 cup grated Cheddar 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Cover the bottom of the dish with breadcrumbs. Lay the broccoli on next. Mix together the beaten eggs, milk, cheese, butter, salt and sugar. Slowly pour this mixture over the broccoli and breadcrumbs. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

Lemonade Ice Tea Submitted by Rachel Miller 3 quarts water 9 tea bags. You can also use fresh tea leaves. 1 cup sugar 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed Bring water to boiling point. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar and lemonade and stir well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Yields 12 servings.

Pantry Skillet (Ready in 30 Minutes or Less)

Pork Chop Supper (Ready in 1 hour or less.)

Submitted by Ellen Hershberger

Submitted by Ellen Hershberger

1 pound ground beef 1 can tomato soup, undiluted 1 1/2 cups water 1 envelope onion soup mix 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms 1 1/2 cups green beans 3 medium carrots, grated 1 cup cooked rice 2 slices American cheese, cut into strips Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain. Stir in soup, water and soup mix. Stir in rest of ingredients except for the cheese and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender. Top with cheese, cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Makes 6 servings.

1 tablespoon butter 4 pork chops 3 medium potatoes cut into small wedges 2 cups sliced carrots 1 medium onion, sliced or grated 1 can cream soup, undiluted 1/4 cup water Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add chops and brown on each side. Add the vegetables. Combine soup and water and pour over top. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. Makes 4 servings.

Chicken Tortilla Bake

Rhubarb Cobbler

Submitted by Katherine Byler

Submitted by Rachel Miller

3 cups shredded chicken 8 ounces chopped green chilies 1 cup chicken broth 1 small onion, chopped 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can cream of mushroom soup 12 tortillas 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded Mix together all ingredients except tortillas and cheese. In a 13X9 inch pan, layer tortillas, mixture and 1 cup of the cheese. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

3 tablespoons oleo 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup milk 3 cups rhubarb mixed with 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cups sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon salt Cream oleo and sugar. Add flour, baking powder and salt, then milk. Pour this batter into a 9X9 inch pan. Spread rhubarb mixture over batter. Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over all and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Summer Berry Pie Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Fruit Cobbler (Fast and yummy!)

Since our strawberries are full of blossoms, my mouth waters for this simple and easy pie.

Submitted by Sarah Miller

1 1/2 cup sugar 6 tablespoons cornstarch 3 cups cold water 6 ounce package strawberry Jell-O 2 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups fresh strawberries 2 cups fresh red raspberries 2 graham cracker crusts 4 cups Cool Whip Bring to boil the sugar, jello, cornstarch and water. Stir for 2 minutes and then refrigerate until partly thickened. Fold in berries, pour into 2 graham cracker piecrusts and chill until set. Serve with Cool Whip on top.

2 cups sugar 1/2 cup margarine or butter 3 eggs 1 cup milk 2 1/2 cups flour 3 teaspoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 quart fruit, your choice Combine all ingredients except the fruit. Put fruit into a 9X13 inch pan and cover with batter. Bake at 350 degrees until done. You can top with cream or use as a dessert with whipped cream.


Sweet Mustard Dip 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup mustard* 1 package ranch dressing mix 1/4 cup onions Mix well. This dip is delicious on sandwiches and with pretzels. For more tang, add more mustard.

Cheesy Potatoes (Easy and fairly quick!)

Submitted by Katherine Byler

1/2 cup butter 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 pint sour cream 1 can (2.8 ounces) French fried onion rings 2 pounds hash browns, thawed 10 ounces of cream of chicken soup 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded Melt butter in pan, add chicken soup and stir in cheese. Let melt together. Mix together and remove from heat. Add sour cream. Mix well and pour over hash browns. Again, mix well. Pour into casserole. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven. Spread French fried onion rings on top and bake 15 minutes more.

Rhubarb Punch Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler Rhubarb is beautiful this year and, on a warm summer day, an ice-cold glass of this punch hits the spot!) 20 cups rhubarb, diced 20 tablespoons strawberry Jell-O 25 cups white sugar 20 cups boiling water Place rhubarb into a large kettle. Add water to cover and boil 10 minutes. Put through a colander or sieve and let drain for 1 hour. Add enough water to juice to make 20 quarts. In another bowl, mix strawberry Jell-O with sugar and boiling water. Stir to blend well and then add to rhubarb juice. Cold pack for 15 minutes and store for future use. When opening for use, add 2 liters 7-Up for each 2 quarts juice. Add ice and enjoy!

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Greetings from the Bookmobile By Jane Attina The popularity of comics and graphic novels on the bookmobile got me thinking about my child hood years and the many hours I spent reading. I did read children’s fiction books for fun and for school assignments but my passion was for the comic books my dad would bring home from various places. Our collection grew quite large and even after they had been read we just couldn’t part with them. We might want to read them again one day, right? We never got the chance to do that because mom grew weary of the stacks of comics piled up here and there and so one day gave them away. Others replaced them and to this day I continue to read a good comic once in a while. Back then my favorite comics were the Superman Series. These included Lois Lane, one of Superman’s girlfriends, Jimmy Olsen, boy reporter, and Bizarro the super villain who was a “mirror image” of Superman. I learned early on that even though this DC Comic Universe seemed real to me that the comic books simply told stories using pictures along with words. The main story remained the same in that Superman was the hero who rescued people in distress and saved the world from the ‘bad guys’. His secret identity was that of Clark Kent a reporter for The Daily Planet newspaper and he worked along side fellow news reporters Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. Lois and Jimmy while trying to get a scoop for the newspaper would quite often wind up getting in trouble and being saved by Superman just in the nick of time. Folks familiar with the series remember that Superman had to duck under cover to change from regular clothes to his superhero costume and often used a phone booth to do this. I remember going to a bookmobile stop on Agler Road many years ago and there was an old outdoor phone booth that someone had artistically turned into Superman’s phone booth. It was pretty neat to see, no longer there but the memory remains. To keep things interesting, and make sure the comics kept selling the writers had to come up with new stories. They created what if stories or alternate universe stories where Superman had unusual adventures with different characters. In 1992 DC Comics startled readers with The Death of Superman, followed with Funeral for a Friend. Ultimately the real Superman came back and a new series began. More recently Marvel Comics did away with Peter Parker as Spider-man with someone else wearing the costume. But just as Superman came back so has the Peter Parker Spider-man character. This July another comic book character will ultimately meet his demise. Yes, Archie the iconic comic book character, beloved by millions around the globe for over 70 years, will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend in the pages of July’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE issue #36 and #37 the final issues in the flash-forward series, which spotlights Archie’s adventures after high school and college. LIFE WITH ARCHIE launched five years ago, and the writers knew that any book that was telling the

story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and

An interesting children’s book just in is titled, “Stubby the War Dog: the True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog” by Ann Bausum. This story sifts through fact and fable to reveal the true story of Stubby and his inseparable companion, soldier J. Robert Conroy. Their friendship crossed battlefields and oceans. Suspenseful and heartstopping, “Stubby the War Dog” is a from the trenches account of World War I, just in time for the centennial and shows the hardships faced by ordinary soldiersincluding poison gas, tanks, enemy spies, machine gun fire, diseases, rats and harsh weather. Even though this is a children’s book, I’m sure many adults would enjoy reading it as well. I know I will. Inspirational titles new to the Bookmobile are: “The Heart’s Pursuit” by Robin Lee Hatcher, “Somebody Like You” by Beth Vogt,“First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1” by Sarah Price, “Thankful, Return to Sugarcreek Series #2” by Shelley Shepard Gray and “Seeing Your Face Again, Beiler Sisters Series #2” Until next time, happy reading from the Bookmobile.

Bookmobile News By Jane Attina

inherently honorable. The story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because readers feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. The bookmobile will be receiving extra copies of this comic as well as a trade paperback issue, which will be out at a later date to ensure the many readers and fans of Archie will get a chance to read them. Summer Reading is almost here! Our program theme this year is Fizz Boom Read! The reading program runs from June 2 July 12 and is open to children of all ages. Pick up a time log and handout from the bookmobile and keep track of the time spent reading. Once children have read or are read to for 10 hours just bring the time log back to the Bookmobile to receive a prize bag. Please make sure to fill out the forms completely including the child’s name and age as well as the bookmobile stop you come to. In addition to our regular program, the library has an added incentive geared toward our young adult readers. Each young adult between the ages of 12-18 that completes the reading requirement of 10 hours will have a chance to win a Kindle Fire. One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on August 18th. Children may immediately turn in the ticket when they are handed their prize bag or on their next visit to the Bookmobile. Each ticket has two parts. Fill out one half to include name and address/Bookmobile stop. Drop this into our entry jar. Make sure to keep the matching half of the ticket safe so it can be presented when coming to the Bookmobile to receive the prize. Summer Reading for our adult readers will run from June 30th through August 9th. Simply fill out a form for each book read and drop it in our entry box when you come to the Bookmobile. Three Grand Prizes as well as smaller prizes will be awarded after programs end. So grab a cold lemonade, sit under your favorite tree and enjoy a good book. Summer is on its way! Here are some intriguing books that have just arrived. “Honey Nature’s Wonder Ingredient: 100 Amazing uses from Traditional Cure to Food and Beauty, with Tips, Hints and 40 Tempting Recipes” by Jenni Fleetwood “The Medicinal Gardening Handbook: A complete guide to Growing, Harvesting, and using Healing Herbs” by Dede Cummings and Alyssa Holmes. “Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats: Showstopping Recipes and Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars” by Tanner Latham.

Chuckle Johnny could not pronounce the letter R correctly. His teacher, trying to improve his speech, asked him to repeat the following sentence: “Robert gave Richard a rap on the ribs for roasting the rabbit so rare.” After a moment’s thought, Johnny said, “Bobby gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.”


Bits and Pieces of Yesterday From the Diary of Jacob N. Byler in the year 1928. Submitted by Rachel Miller May 25: Nice day all day. Me and Andy went with Ben to look at cows. He got three cows. I cut potatoes in the afternoon. May 26: Rain a little. We planted three acres potatoes today. Milos and Ben were here this eve. Noah and John cut potatoes this afternoon. June 8: Noah worked in the mill. John plowed down rye for potatoes. I helped Andy shear his sheep in a.m. In p.m. Jackie and I worked in the garden. Susie went to old N. Detweilers. June 9: Noah worked at the mill. I was over at Enoch Bylers at the Frolic. John plowed for potatoes. It rained hard.

Interesting facts from 1942 The average cost of a new house was $3,775.00. The average yearly income was $1,885.00. A new car cost $920.00 The average rent was $35.00 a month. Tuition to Harvard University was $420.00 a year. A movie ticket cost 30 cents. Gasoline was 15 cents a gallon. A U.S. postage stamp was 3 cents (for first class).

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Fun Added Alone Apron Auntie Characteristic Chips Coach Cover Cuckoo Cycle Depth

Dress Entertainment Error Extra Fallen Gallon Hammer Hawaii Ladder Laugh Lizards

Middle Nasty Numeral Papers Peeps Plant Power Produce Pronouns Proved Pulse

Queues Racks Reduce Relate Relay Revolt Reward Ridden Rungs Shield Stall

SUDOKU (difficulty: medium)


Surely Teddy Tomato Treat Uglier Vocal Wheat Windy

Plain Country of Northeast Ohio | May 28, 2014

Local Amish Business Directory If you are an amish business and want to be included on our map, call kim 330-389-0094

Rt 88 South to Garrettsville

AMISH WOOD CRAFTSMEN 3. C A Miller Custom Woodworking 17090 Jug Rd. 44021 • 440-834-1540 9. Country Side Furnishings 16403 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 800-819-6160 • 440-632-0248 4. Fisher Flooring 16115 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 • 440-632-1957 51. John Byler, Flooring 9310 Laird Rd 44062 • 440-693-4386 54. Mid Park Metals 16654 Hosmer Rd 44062 • 440-548-2512 21. Pine Craft Storage Barns 13650 Madison Rd. 44062 • 440-632-0174 46. Pleasant Valley Woodworking 13424 Clay St 44062 • 440-636-5860 5. Troyer Millworks 16201 Pioneer Rd. 44062 • 440-636-5577

Bakery | GROCERY | Salvage 1. Amish Home Craft Shop 16860 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-632-1888 10. B & K Salvage 5515 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-693-4617 15. Nauvoo Family Market 15979 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 440-632-5584 Rental | REPAIR | SUPPLIES 49. B & M Tool 15357 Georgia Rd 44062 440-632-1944 24. Coffee Creek Weld Shop 9120 N Girdle Rd. 44062 440-693-4478 17. D & S Farm & Garden Supplies 4738 Gates East Rd. 44062 440-693-4632


Rt 322 East to ORWELL

25. David RS Sharp Shop 15480 Burton Windsor Rd. 44062 440-632-9600 40. Frey’s Paint 8220 S. Girdle Rd. 44062 440-693-4689 50. Honest Scales 15535 Burton Windsor Rd. 44062 • 440-632-3083 45. Miller’s Herbs & Variety 13015 Hayes Rd 44062 440-636-5659 SHOES | BOOTS | VARIETY 29. Cross Cut Country Store 16161 Nash Rd. 44062 440-548-2259 20. Mullet’s Footwear & Country Cedar 4853 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-693-4363

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