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School Memories By Barbara Ann Detweiler

I was teaching school when this happened. I was 18 years old and my pupils were all occupied at their desks when I felt the floor roll under my feet. It felt like waves and it didn’t stop right away. I finally realized it was an earthquake, so I told the children, “Everyone, outside!” They did good staying in single file and the other room of children did the same. Of course, by then it was over, but no one was really in the mood to go back to work!

School Memories By Ellen Hershberger

Since this is the back to school issue, maybe it is a good time to relate a school happening. Our school was the one across from Sam Weaver’s on Newcomb Road. One afternoon on the way home, at the top of the hill there by Crist Weaver’s, we all decided to run down the hill with our eyes closed. Now, I’m just a little third grader who has been taught to be honest and not cheat. (Not that I’ve always kept to that in my weakness.) But in this case I did not cheat and I kept my eyes closed until I very much woke up in the creek that was at the bottom of the hill. I remember going down into the water several times until I grabbed a hold of the grass and pulled myself out. (That creek used to be deep enough that my brothers would go fishing.) My white cap and school workbooks floated under the bridge and someone retrieved them so that they could be dried and used again. I walked home just screeching and crying all the way, being covered with the brown silt from the bottom of the creek. Only my eyes showed and my teeth. The reason I was crying so hard was because I thought I had drowned! Mother gave me a drink of whiskey and I’ve never touched it since. They cleaned me up and, the next morning, my Dad took me to the Parkman shoe store and it seems he got me my first pair of tennis shoes. I was late to school and uncle/teacher Crist just shook his head. 

September 1, 2010

School Memories By Rachel Miller

When I started in Mercer, Pa., we walked to a country school, all eight grades, English and Amish. I remember in the winter we were so cold when we got there that the teacher helped us get our wraps off. We had two miles to walk. But we were healthy, and the teacher was so good to us. That was the first and second grades. When I started third grade, I had to go to Stonebora, Pa. Consolidated School. We had to walk a half-mile or more to get the bus at the main road. That was in the third, fourth and fifth grades. After that, we had our Amish schools, and we walked two miles to get there. Those were the good old days. I liked school.

School Memories By Jacquie Foote

It was my first day in kindergarten. My Mom walked me to school and waited in the back of the room until we were all busy; then she and the other mothers slipped out. One of the boys in the row next to me noticed and began to scream! This started several others crying. A girl sitting near me took the opportunity to pull another girl’s box of crayons out of her hands and a fight ensued! And to top it off, another child had “an accident” on the floor! I was disgusted! An only child, I had mostly been around adults all my short life. My playmates were two sisters, one 8 years old, one 10, who lived in the apartment below us. They were always kind to me and treated me as if I were as grown-up as they. (Their names were Mary Belle and Donna Jean. Isn’t it easy to remember the names of those who are kind?) Well, I decided right then that a mistake had been made as far as school was concerned and I simply got up and walked out of the classroom … and out of the school. I walked right home and frightened the life out of my Mom when I appeared standing next to her at the kitchen table. She asked what had happened and I told her, saying that those kids were too young and babyish for me. Much to my chagrin, my Mom took me by the hand and led me right back to the school, speaking sternly to me the whole way. (As I recall, the teacher had not noticed I was gone.)

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In This Issue ...

Birthdays........................................................................02 Bits and Pieces of Yesteday.....................................04 Bookmobile News......................................................07 Books in Review ........................................................07 Children’s Immunization Clinics............................02 Classified Form............................................................08 Greetings from Garrettsville...................................06 Greetings from the Plain Community.................06 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner.......................06 Hello from Huntsburg...............................................07 Hunter’s Diary ............................................................07 Katherine’s Korner......................................................04 Lines by Linda..............................................................06 Mom’s Diary ................................................................05 Nutrient Dense Gardening ....................................03 News from Windsor ..................................................07 Obituary .......................................................................02 Parkman Pathways.....................................................03 Plain Fun........................................................................08 Recipes...........................................................................03 Spotlight on Maplebrook Tack & Harness ........04 Wanted .........................................................................02

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Happy Birthday!! Sept. 1 Phillip O. Miller (34) Sept. 3 Monroe S. Kempf (33) Sept. 5 Mrs. Saloma Miller (44) Sept. 5 Wilma E. Miller (7) Sept. 7 Mrs. (Marty) Laura Fisher (32) Sept. 8 Jason R. Miller (14) Sept. 9 Iva Hershberger (36) Sept. 9 Eli J. Byler Jr. (13) Sept. 9 Mrs. Judy Miller (35) Sept. 9 Sam H. Weaver (19) Sept. 9 Betty Ann Weaver (1) Sept. 10 Sarah J. Miller (11) Sept. 10 Andrew Weaver, Jr. (6) Sept. 11 Robert Allan Byler (26) Sept. 11 John Henry Hershberger (30) Sept. 12 Lester E. Byler (18) Sept. 14 Mrs. (Owen) Ada Miller (68) Sept. 15 Mrs. (Neil) Betty Schmucker (70) Sept. 15 Sylvia E. Miller (2) Sept. 15 Barbara Ann Bender (15) Sept. 15 Mrs. (Wilmer) Edna Miller (55) Sept. 15 Rhoda (Levi) Byler (50!) Sept. 16 Merlin Troyer (7) Sept. 16 Kathy S. Yoder (11) Sept. 19 Maria A. Detweiler (13) Sept. 19 Rebecca A. Miller (22) Sept. 20 Danny Ray Miller Sr. Sept. 20 Susan (Al) Weaver (25) Sept. 22 Cindy D. Miller (10) Sept. 26 Linda Weaver (62) Sept. 27 Melvin W. Miller (8) Sept. 27 Ivan C. Miller (5) Sept. 29 Crist R. Schlabach Sept. 30 Aden R. Miller Sept. 30 Irene E. Byler (20) Sept. 30 Owen W. Miller (19) No date was included but… Happy Birthday Reuben M. Byler (36)

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One evening my husband and I were planting our vegetable garden. Our 4-year-old granddaughter watched for a while, but was in bed before we spread mothballs around the garden to keep the rabbits away. The next morning, our granddaughter went out to see the garden. She quickly ran back inside, exclaiming, “Grandma, your marshmallows are coming up already!”

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Joseph R. Miller, 18, of West Farmington Township, entered eternal rest Sunday afternoon, Aug. 8, 2010. He was born Sept. 2, 1991 to Raymond A. and Rachel (Byler) Miller. Joseph will be sadly missed by his parents; brothers Robert (Nancy) Miller and Raymond Jr. (Laura) Miller; sisters Rosanna (Steven) Kurtz and Esther Miller; paternal grandmother Lydian E. (Troyer) Miller; maternal grandmother Sarah L. (Miller) Byler; and eight nieces and nephews, all from the West Farmington area. He is preceded in death by paternal grandfather Andy D.J. Miller and maternal grandfather Mahlon J.E. Byler. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 at 6840 Curtis-Middlefield Rd., West Farmington. Joseph’s final resting place is in the Bundysburg Road Cemetery in Middlefield Township. Visitation was until the time of service. Arrangements were entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield. Call the funeral home at 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals. com.

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In 1952, when the second Amish school opened its doors, Uria Byler was the teacher. One day the big boys got a sparrow and put it in Uria’s desk. If my shallow mind is on track, it was Jitter who did it. School started. When Uria pulled the drawer out, out came the sparrow. All Uria said was, “Twenty-five cents to whoever gets that sparrow.” Andy Kauffman got the sparrow. (Am I right, Andy?)

It’s been 45 years, and this tale gets told every year at school’s beginning. My 6-year-old son went to school, leaving me with an empty nest. At 3 p.m., I was on the porch, awaiting his arrival. He climbed off the bus, took a couple steps, turned around, went back to the bus and spoke to the driver. When he got to the porch, I said, “What did the bus driver want?” He said, “She didn’t say anything. I told her, ’Don’t stop tomorrow. I’ve had enough of this crap’.”

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Nutrient Dense Gardening By Daniel Fisher

The great thing about this nutrient dense or High Brix approach to “growing your own nutrition” is that as the quality improves, so does the taste. Remember … “Why doesn’t Johnny eat his peas?” Low nutrition = low taste. The tremendous taste of High Brix foods alone would nearly compensate for all the effort it takes to grow a High Brix garden, not even counting the incredible boost in health and long-term savings in medical and nutritional expenses. Medical expenses ... I think we can all agree that medical expenses and/or health insurance have skyrocketed out of control. So, as Dr. Arden Anderson would say, “Why not High Brix gardening or farming with a balanced supplement like Complete Body Balance Kit? Let’s remember that every generation is going backwards, and so every generation is having more health issues and medical costs, not even figuring in the inflation! We don’t need a healthcare plan! We need more victory gardens and farms!” This is what a doctor is saying, so I think we who are trying the High Brix (nutrient dense) way are on the right track. So how does one actually grow a modern day vctory garden or farm? While High Brix certainly doesn’t happen by accident, it can be quite simple; just carefully follow the path to High Brix, which will be in these articles in this paper. If you want to know right away, you’re welcome to stop in our store for details. Until next time. Daniel C. Fisher is proprietor of D & S Farm & Garden Supply LLC, 4738 Gates Rd., Middlefield. Call his voicemail at 440-693-4632 for more information.

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their first after nearly 12 years of marriage. We are happy with rain showers of relief and with showers of blessings. I met with some friends in the evening for a catch-up chat. Friday, Aug. 6: It’s back to cooking all day and then to an overnight job afterwards. Saturday, Aug. 7: The first day at this new place. It’s a nice home. Of course, I cannot write about my caregiving for privacy issues. Sunday, Aug. 8: We had inspiring sermons from visiting ministers. Our deep thoughts and prayers are with Raymond and Rachel Miller in the passing of their son. A new week with two new places, and I was homesick when I got back Thursday (Aug. 12). When I was leaving for work on Friday, the taxi was there and I found a bird in my house! I closed inner doors and opened the front door and Lucky, the dog, and I chased this bird. Back and forth, back and forth it flew until it wore itself out and we caught it. I hopped into the car and off we went, already late. We were way down the road when I realized I didn’t have my bonnet!! I was warm and sweaty, but I needed to stop at the bank and we were too far to go back. I hoped nobody would see me, but, of course, someone did! I was very frustrated with this bird situation. We found two more dead ones and my entrance needs a good scrubbing!

Tuesday, Aug. 3: Ah, back from vacation! Suitcase, boxes, bags … how do we accumulate so much? Ugh! I’ll put it away tomorrow. Singers went to Melvin and Leona’s tonight. Leona is recovering from neck surgery. Let’s remember them in our prayers. Wednesday, Aug. 4: I’m getting back into routine with all the daily normals while walking around with a wet washcloth on my head to keep cooler. (Try it; it works!) Six travelers from New York came to sleep in our beds, and, just as everyone was about to retire for the night, a phone call came that a family member was on his way to the hospital. John Yutzy fell on his head while playing volleyball and was unconscious. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was applied and, after tests, he was released with the miracle of recovery. He had no memory of the incident. We are humbled by God’s goodness. Thursday, Aug. 6: The travelers left by 6:30 a.m., so I headed to the basement to wash bedding and whatever else had piled up. The happy message came by phone to neighbors, the John Troyers, of the birth of Aaron to their daughter and husband, Enos and Barbara Miller. This is quite special, being

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Snowball Doughnuts

Submitted by Katherine Byler 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup granulated sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 4 cups flour 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt Beat eggs. Add sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Add melted butter. Drop by teaspoonfulls in hot oil (375 degrees). Fry until brown. Drain on paper towels. Toss into a bag or bowl filed with powdered sugar or cinnamon and granulated sugar and shake to coat. Quick and easy for packing lunches or for breakfast.

Peach Custard Pie

Submitted by Sarah Miller 2 beaten eggs 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups sliced peaches Dash salt Pie crust (your recipe) Mix eggs, sugar and salt. Beat well. Add flour and melted butter. Place peaches in bottom of unbaked pie shell and add egg mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. An easy to make dessert or after school treat.

Stuffed Tomato Salad

1 package (3 ounce) cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1/4 cup chopped onion 4 – 6 tomatoes lettuce In a mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, mustard and salt. Fold in eggs, cucumbers and onions. Cut each tomato into 8 sections, cutting almost through to the bottom. Separate “petals” and fill center with egg salad. Serve on lettuce and garnish with slices of cucumbers if desired.

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September 1, 2010

Katherine’s Korner By Katherine M. Byler

How quickly time goes by! We’re already nearing the fall of the year 2010. Gardens are doing well. Tomatoes hang thickly on the vines nearly breaking the stems we tried to tie to poles. Weather had cooled off and we hope it stays that way for the many weddings coming up. All too soon, it will be time to fire up the living room stove again. We haven’t gotten as much rain as we’d really want; flowers have their “mouths” open every other day. They sure let the water soak in, thriving all the more. Soon they’ll say “enough,” hanging their heads again in preparation for winter months. One thing we learned this year was to like the taste of asparagus. Not that we know how to raise it. Maybe we’ll just rely on the generosity of others again in 2011! Found out you can get wormer from vet, Dr. Wirt, if you have a teeth-grinding problem. Actually, it is non-toxic for humans! Henry Miller Jr. family is trying it out. Maybe it’s what we ALL need! Schools are opening their doors and seeing some fresh new faces, teachers and students. Mespo School will seem strange with two new kindergarten teachers. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Newcomb, both retired teachers living in Parkman, have one son, Matthew, 19. He spent some time in the hospital recently. Let’s keep them in our prayers. Also, Sharon Simkins, just retired, is taking care of her mother with the help of hospice.


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Maplebrook Tack and Harness By Jacquie Foote

Looking out your window when going up common for workhorse harness. The hardware the long driveway to the Maplebrook Tack and on the harness and tack is stainless steel these Harness store gives you a dazzling view of the days. Eight years ago, when Maplewood Tack many, many items for horses, horse farms and and Harness started, stainless steel was not the horse owners available here, at Mark Gingerich’s only metal you could find, but its hardness and business. It leads you to believe that the owner its rust resistant properties make it unlikely to must be a man who knows and cares for wear out quickly and it has taken over the horses. And you would be right. market. It is true that a lot of hardware Mark says he has been involved is imported these days. Mark tells of Maplebrook with horses since childhood. His Weaver Leather, a major supplier Dad raised draft horses, Belgians Tack and of harness. They did not want to to be exact, and Mark followed sell imported hardware, but Harness in his footsteps. It was natural had to change their policy or Owned by for him to have an interest in go out of business. Mark Gingerich tack and harness and other A fine line of horse items necessary for the care and horse health Everything for horses, care and welfare of horses. supplies are on hand horse people and farms. So, in 2002, he opened his including Pennwood 15789 Georgia Road Harness and Tack shop. Horse Minerals developed Middlefield, Ohio 44062 At first, Mark found on the Pennwood Farms himself working two full time and held responsible for Open Monday-Wednesday jobs, one was the store and the amazing performance and Friday - Saturday the other was in construction. of the Pennwood drafts. You 8 a.m. – 5 p. m. To make it possible for him to can buy wood shavings by Closed Thursday and concentrate only on his Tack the bale or the skid (35 bales) Sunday and Harness shop, Mark had to bedding and water softener 440 632 0895 tofor expand his line. He added farm keep your pipes from clogging equipment from Lancaster County’s with mineral residue. I & J Manufacturing and from Pioneer It is the shop policy that if you want Equipment, Inc. His wife, Miriam’s, interest in something for your horse and they don’t have it, miniature horses led to further expansion. they will get it for you. They will do repairs, but Now, in 2010, Maplebrook Tack and Harness do not make new harness. They carry a fine line has one full time and two part time employees of ready made. and the reputation of being a one-stop place They will sell through mail order and will for horse supplies. There are tack and harness arrange to have your order mailed to or delivered saddles and blankets … all for horses from draft to you. Of course, not only horse related products to miniature. (Mark says that people come from can be shipped. For example, the popularity of quite a distance to buy things for miniatures.) the maple syrup they make every year is so great There are carts and wagons for horses and ponies that they have filled orders and shipped maple and farm machinery such as manure spreaders syrup as far away as Texas and Florida. and cultivators for drafts. In fact, Maplebrook When you visit Maplewood Tack and Tack and Harness is the only place in the area Harness, be sure to look around carefully. There where you can come and buy a cart and go right are things small and large to numerous to fit into home with it since Mark keeps a good stock on this article. But be on the lookout for those new hand. style scooters, and toys, gates, and a variety of Mark sells harness made of biothane, a gloves, bird houses, and fencing, bulk bins, and synthetic coated nylon. It is easier to maintain all the little things that can make your horse more than leather and has become so popular that comfortable. And best of all, you will be helped 90 per cent of the buggy harnesses are made by people who have an obvious understanding of this material. Biothane has even become of horses and their people!

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Geauga Jottings – March 23, 1966

Submitted by Sarah Miller

Submitted by Katherine Byler

We are having hot and dry weather, so dry that many wells are going dry. Those who are not done plowing are having a hard job of it. There are quite a few visitors here from Lawrence County, Pa. and Holmes County, Ohio. Among them is John K. Fisher who is here to buy a farm. It is reported that J. D. Byler has made over $100 worth of cider and jelly. D. D. Miller has not yet started up but intends to on the fifth. J. C. Schlabach is busy thrashing grain and Byler and Gingerich keep their cylinder humming from morning till night. Albert Miller and Moses Schlabach who, sometime ago, were buried by the caving in of a gravel bank, are able to work again. V. B. Gingerich feels pretty proud of the baby boy who came to their home, and John D. Miller is equally happy with the arrival of a daughter. Samuel Miller has nearly finished macadamizing the road. He has piked 21 rods and has done a remarkably good job. This leaves us all enjoying good health.

Geauga County Amish are seeing that their children are receiving a good education. The Amish are operating 14 parochial schools in the country with total enrollment of 647 pupils.

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Saturday, July 24: ‘Twas very warm and muggy today. We went to brother John’s to pick up Andrew who was there since Wednesday. We stayed for supper, and Mom and Dad joined us. Sunday, July 25: A wonderful cool day. I love these cooler days! Church friends Ervin and Fannie and son Ervin came to visit this afternoon, and then neighbor Reuben and Laura and family came this evening. I’m still black and blue in spots and somewhat swollen around my eye. Monday, July 26: I got my stitches removed today. Hopefully now I can heal properly and not look so spooky! Tuesday, July 27: The girls and I went down to Wayne’s Mom’s for the day. The rest of the clan was also there, including Guernsey and Clymer, N. Y. folk. Came home and received a wonderful surprise. Jacquie brought food! Chicken, salad and cookies. So that was our supper and then we had to can our peaches. Rose Edna and I peeled, and Katherine got jars ready, etc. By the time we were done, we had 49 jars filled and I didn’t want to see another peach for a while! Laura wasn’t here because she and Andrew were invited to teacher Wilma’s house for the evening. Wednesday, July 28: I went to Emma’s for the day. She’s still bothered by soreness, etc. It was very warm again, but it rained a little bit this afternoon, which cooled it down for a short while. Thursday, July 29: Kathy’s children came for the day. Jamie and Norma get mad at each other at times but make up instantly and are buddies again. We adults could take that as a lesson! Friday, July 30: Norma was eating shell and elbow macaroni and an elbow one happened to be stuck in a shell one. So she said, “Look, Mom, the shell has a baby.” I still haven’t ridden in a buggy since the accident. Saturday, July 31: A nice day. Not so very warm. Wayne drove to the freezer and wanted me to go along. I didn’t want to but did anyway. It didn’t really feel good being in a buggy, but I tried to swallow my fear. Sunday, Aug. 1: Went to church, rested, then tonight we walked down to the accident site to look around. It gave me a funny feeling, so we didn’t stick around too long. Monday, Aug.2: It was very humid today. I did mending and sewing, a never-ending job. Betty and Norma went to Kathy’s with Rose Edna and had fun in the sprinkler there. Tuesday, Aug. 3: I drove our horse today!! I took Rose Edna along, and we didn’t go fast! Today was also schoolhouse cleaning day, so I went to help with that. It’s hard to believe school will start in a month. Wednesday, Aug. 4: Very warm and humid. It’s starting to get to me. I sewed all day, and by tonight I was all sticky, warm and grouchy! We went to the pond to swim tonight. Rose Edna has been learning to sew and made

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a doll dress for each of the little girls’ dolls. She does a pretty good job. Thursday, Aug. 5: Got up to rain this morn. Wayne and I went to the wedding of the son of friends and it got to be a warm day. I was glad to get home and take a cold shower. Rose Edna took Betty and Norma for chicken pox shots at the health fair. While they were there they heard some children crying, so Betty told Rose Edna she was going to run away. They just dread shots. Found out Philip and Lori (next door) had a little boy. They named him Nathan. Friday, Aug. 6: A beautiful, pleasant day and I enjoy it so much. Rose Edna had to work, so the rest of us had to move a little faster to get everything done. Norma was gathering eggs in the henhouse when we heard a shriek and crying. She had locked herself in and couldn’t get out. Katherine ran and let her out. My leg is still bothering me, especially when sitting on a hard bench or chair. My cut also hurts at times. Saturday, Aug. 7: Another pleasant day! Wayne and I drove to Orwell this forenoon; then, this afternoon the three oldest girls and I went to a Chinese auction at the Windsor Community Center, We won some, lost lots! We had visitors then tonight, Freedman, Barbara and girls. We went over to see the new baby at Philip and Lori’s. Sunday, Aug. 8: We made breakfast on the grill this morning and that filled us up until suppertime. We were invited to Dave and Ida Miller’s for supper and the evening. Monday, Aug. 9: We got a lot of work done today. Laura spent most of the day organizing the pantry shelves. The rest of us did laundry, sewed, cleaned, baked and cooked. The men and boys had hay to make tonight, then, afterwards, they jumped into the pond to cool off. Tuesday, Aug. 10: It was warm and humid again. I think I’m actually looking forward to winter!! We had barbequed ribs on the grill and then went swimming. Wednesday, Aug. 11: Muggy!! That’s a normal word anymore. I sewed – again. Then made supper for Philip and Lori who just had a baby. ‘Round 8:30 tonight, Wayne picked most of our corn and we all helped to husk it. I’ll have a busy day with canning and freezing it tomorrow. Thursday, Aug. 12: I got my sweet corn done. I always sigh with relief when that’s done. I took some down to the freezer. The freezer is so full and it’s on a wall, so, when I opened it, stuff started falling on me! I tried to organize it and brought some food along home. My hands almost froze in the process! Friday, Aug. 13: Rose Edna went to help Wayne’s sis Viola today. Laura, Katherine and I did our work, then at 4 p.m. we drove to Dad and Mom’s for supper. All were there but Wayne and Andrew who went to a horse auction in Carroll County. Rose Edna also came to Dad’s then and the three big girls are staying for the night, so it was only John, Betty, Norma and I going home. My “cut” is really bothering me again. It bled a bit tonight. I hope it’ not infected.


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Greetings from Garrettsville

Hello From the Amish Crossing Corner... By Sarah Miller

Miriam Schmucker on Aug. 9 and was named WARM describes the weather we’ve had Regina. Grands are Dave and Fannie lately. But predictions are that it will be a Schmucker and Freeman and Sarah little cooler soon. Kuhns. Word came of the passing of Having supper at Dan and cousin Albert Kuhns of Smicksburg, Sylvia Millers on Sunday evening, Pa. The funeral was Aug. 16. Tuesday, Aug. 15, were Richard and Philip Aug. 17, was the funeral of sisterAn elderly couple was O. Millers and families, and in-law Fannie Hershberger of observed, Sunday after Joe and I. We were served Maysville. She is the second wife Sunday, sitting in church grilled hamburgers and all of my brother, Milo, who died with the woman holding her several years ago. The funeral was husband’s hands. It seemed just the trimmings, plus ice cream held in Maysville with burial up wonderful their being so in love and cake for Timmy’s seventh birthday. here in Wilcox cemetery. after so many years. One day, Before we know it, school Born to Aden and Rosanna the woman was asked about it Troyer their first, a son, Adam. He and she said, “It’s not so much will be starting. School Moms was born Aug. 3, making first time love. I’m just trying to keep are getting the schoolrooms ready. Because of a wedding that grandparents of Dan and Sylvia him from cracking his involves the teachers, our school Miller, Shedd Road. Other grands are knuckles.” will start Sept. 7, a week later than Melvin and Ellen Troyer of Girdle Road. the others. This is also our second great-grandchild. Also a daughter was born to Mark and

By Rachel Miller

Aug. 15 … I will try and write this letter this p.m. We have another warm, humid day even though the dog days are over. We had a little shower last night and had one inch of rain Thursday night. I wanted to write before but was busy. On Aug. 13, we got 10 dozen ears of corn, and we put that in the freezer. I got 27 bags with about 2 1/2 cups in each one. We also had a meal to eat and it was very good. A friend took us to a place that raises a lot of sweet corn. I’ve also canned seven quarts of green beans this week, another batch of hot pepper butter, nine pints of peaches and 66 pints of applesauce. Our melons are ready and good and sweet. I will have to do tomatoes next week. The Hummel tomatoes I started are big and meaty. I have some that weigh 1 1/2 pounds each! Aug. 19, we had a wedding to go to of a great nephew of Ivan’s. There also was a wedding on Aug. 26 in Atlanta, Pa. of my nephew. We were also invited to one on Aug. 24. On Aug. 31, our granddaughter got married. She is Katie Mae, daughter of Ivan Miler Jrs. She married Allen, son of the Norm Yoders. She is our second granddaughter to get married. This fall our youngest grandchild, Julie Kurtz, starts kindergarten. On Aug.17, a friend took us to Butler, Pa. to get blueberries and a bushel of tree-ripened peaches. There is nothing better than tree-ripened ones! On Aug. 27, there was a fundraiser for Lakeview School at Malvern Schmucker’s shop on Route 88. They had an auction, a silent auction, a lunch stand and a bake sale. Tinkers Creek School had the blocks laid for the new school building. If I understood right, there were three carpenter crews working on it starting on Aug. 23. It should go up fast!


Greetings from the Plain Community By Donnie Miller

We have had a nice but warm summer so far. I read in the paper that this summer was the warmest on record, which I tend to doubt a bit. All I know is that I have enjoyed the warm weather so far. Of course, I do not have to work and can just sit under the shade tree when it is so warm. We most always have a breeze in the evening and during the night which helps us get our rest. We have had a bountiful harvest that we can be thankful for! Farmers are done putting up second crop hay and are thrashing oats. Soon we will hear the whine of the silo fillers. Filling silo was my favorite job on the farm growing up … and husking corn by hand was my least favorite.

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Aug. 14 … the weather is still warm even though the dog days are supposedly over. The paper says in the 90s today, but there’s a nice breeze this morning. Canning is in season with peaches, pickles and new tomatoes starting. Our blackberries are also doing well. This is the first year for them. Neighbors Wayne Gingeriches already have over 70 quarts from theirs. Today is a Gingerich reunion of the late Abe and Amanda Gingerich family and is at James and Linda Miller’s on Chipmunk Lane. Several states including Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Mississippi will be represented. Today is also the big Townline Machinery auction at Marty and Martha Miller’s. We were there last night while they sold small tools, etc. A silent auction was held for Dave Yoders, as he is not well. It looked like they were doing a booming business. This morning started out

Mrs. Barbara Kauffman has not been feeling well this summer and must have heart surgery to replace a valve. She had to have some teeth removed last week, and had a heart catherization at Geauga Hospital. Her surgery will be scheduled at Hillcrest. We had a nice visit with Bill and Ella Gingerich on August 10. Bill is on Kidney dialysis and Ella is having radiation five days a week. Others visiting that evening were Dan and Katie Troyer and Lester and Martha Mullet. Bill had dialysis that day and was tired, but we had a nice visit. They enjoy company and have long days. Having wedding plans for September 7 are Elmer Weaver, son of Wayne and Sarah, and Rhoda Gingerich, daughter of Walter and Cindy.


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with a pancake breakfast. They had acres of tools, tractors, and you name it, they had it. I’m sure several auctioneers will be going at one time, as they’d never get done otherwise. We were in Homes County Aug. 8, for the Budget Reunion, which is held every five years. We traveled with fellow scribes, Ivan Millers, Albert J. P. Millers, Dan Yoders, and Joe and John Mullet. A very enjoyable day. Coming back with us were Amos and Clara Kuepfer of Chesley, Ontario, Canada. They had bed and breakfast at Bill and Martha Detweiler’s and left for home the following morning. Their daughter, Clara, and Bill’s daughter, Clara Mae, have been writing together for several years, and this is how this friendship started. School here on Georgia Road will start on Aug. 30. The grandchildren are getting anxious to get started again. Andrew (Aarons) and Steven (Bobs) Weaver will be in first grade this year. Some of the mothers are cleaning at the school today and some will come Aug. 16.

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Bookmobile News

Books in Review By Jacquie Foote “As I Remember It,” copyright 1985, written by Uria R. Byler and published by the Amish Publishing Service, will not be the easiest book to get a hold of. Your library is the best place to look. But it is an incredibly well-written and interesting autobiography of a man both simple and complex who stood fast for tradition and, yet, was at the heart of a great change. It is worth seeking out to read. As many in the Amish community still do, Uria kept a careful journal. In his later years, remembering his longing to know more about the lives and times of his grandparents, he used his journals to write his life story for his grandchildren. His family had his book published after his death. Starting in 1917 and ending in 1977, “As I Remember It” chronicles life in the Geauga County Amish community, how people concentrated on following their traditions

By Jane Attina

The prizes have been handed out to 475 children who participated in the bookmobile reading program. Great job, readers! Our adult summer reading contest winners have been drawn.  Twenty-five patrons received canvas book bags. We were pleased that there were winners from each day Monday through Saturday.  The grand prizewinners are as follows: 3rd Prizewinner Lizzie Ann Miller won a folding lawn chair and a Cleveland Indians blanket, a $30 value. 2nd Prizewinner Becky Fisher won an “Everything You Need to Make Popcorn” gift basket, a $40 value. 1st Prizewinner Mary Kay Yoder won a portable charcoal grill filled with cooking utensils and an outdoor lantern, a $50 value. Thank you to all who participated, and a big thank you to the bookmobile Friends group who provided the monies for all of the prizes awarded. The Friends group raises monies each year by having a five-day book sale at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. This year the county fair runs from Sept. 2 through 6. Shoppers from all over Ohio come in search of just the right books to add to their collection. There is indeed something for everyone. The sale is located just inside the north gate free parking area. If you are visiting the fair this year, please stop by and say hello. You’ll never know what treasures you may find tucked away in the thousands of books the building houses.

and yet were affected by outside events such as foreign wars, the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression and the press of Yankee culture. Uria tells his story while he lives his life following Amish values and, therefore, is little involved in the affairs of the world as possible, yet he writes of national and world affairs with a dispassionate wisdom. Do not think this is an overly solemn book. Uria wrote of a life busy, peaceful and often just plain funny. His short chapters contain such memories as the story of a haunted garden, the time a bull chased his wife, perils of paperhanging and his adventures as a teacher in the Amish schools. Of course there are sorrows too. How these are accepted and dealt with through a sure knowledge of God’s goodness and mercy is an integral part of the story. This book is suitable for teenagers and adults although children would enjoy having parts read to them.


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Aug. 16 … Well, it seems that summer is winding By Kelly Whitney down. The geese are starting to fly around a lot more lately.   I have seen several decent size bucks.   Not to mention that those little turkey poults are really getting big!   The squirrels should be about to have their second litters, and most of the fawns will be losing their spots. Aug. 17 … Took a little time to enjoy some fishing.  The bass are still pretty active, and the bluegill seem like they will eat anything.   My daughter is a fishing machine!   She is also one of the best blackberry pickers around.   I can’t believe that we are still picking.   I saw a nice doe this eve right across the lake.  She sure was enjoying the apples.  There seems to a bumper crop of those and of acorns.  We will probably need helmets for early archery. Aug. 18 … I guess it is time to stop putting it off and just get the bow and arrow out and shoot.   I know that lots of you do a better job of staying on top of that.  I think it might be a good idea to take my bow in and have Geauga Bow look it over. Of course, there go all the good excuses I could have! Aug. 19 … My husband says it is time to start to get the goose blinds ready.   Can it be that time already? I just hope for his sake we don’t find too many snakes when we get to working.   It will be nice to get out and maybe even make it a family job. Aug. 20 … Well, we are going to do it.  My husband is going to sell my dog.   Ivy is ready to go to a new home, and we are going to get a nice pup instead.  Since he does most of the hunting, he gets to make the call. I know he will make a good choice.   My beagle ran a rabbit today.  I don’t know who got tuckered out from the heat first, her or the rabbit.  Her tongue was a draggin’.  Seems like she is getting ready for fall too! Hopefully I will have some good early goose stories for you!  Maybe Chris will find a big snake! I hope you get a chance to take a walk; winter is soon to come!

Hello from Huntsburg By William Bender

“The weather we’ve been having sure doesn’t feel like it.” We and some of our children were at Henry Burkholders today for a get together. A load was there from Holmes County. There were Johns, Jonahs, Moses and Katie from McKay and some of their children. Some of Henry’s children were also there. I went blackberry picking one evening and I had to think of years ago (and then some), when we would go to Melvin Wengerd’s to pick blackberries when they lived at the bottom of Durkee Hill. The cousins would help us fill our pails. Then, a lot of times, we would head for the river. Today you cannot see there ever was a nice farm there. It is all grown over with brush. Ben Byler broke his leg while working in the woods. The way we heard it, he broke the canthook handle; there goes his leg. He is four legged for the time being. Raymond Yoder (Dans) has his wedding Sept. 2. The bride is Albert Miller’s daughter.

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Age 5-7 1st place – Sarah Miller (Parkman-Mespo Road) 2nd place – Leona Miller (Parkman-Mespo Road) Age 8-10 1st place – Aaron Byler (Donley Road) 2nd place – Susan Detweiler (Bundysburg Road) Ages 11 and up 1st place – Samuel Miller (Pioneer Road) 2nd place – David D. Weaver (Nauvoo Road) Prizes will be delivered on Thursday, Sept. 2 in the afternoon.

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YOU CAN … Enter Contest One … Just PRINT what each horse is saying in its balloon. (If you can’t print that small, write what each is saying on a piece of paper and send it. Be sure you let us know which horse is saying what.) Enter Contest Two … Just color the cartoon, leaving the balloons blank. Remember, crayons and color pencils work best on this kind of paper. Enter Both Contests … Print what each horse is saying in its balloon. Then color the picture using crayons or pencils. Remember: do not color the balloon. Be sure to fill in the information at the bottom of the picture, giving your complete address. Contest One … Categories are ages 5 -7, ages 8 – 10, and ages 11 and over. Prizes are … First prize, a set of black Flair pens; Second prize, a set of black ball point pens. Contest Two … Categories are ages 5 -7, ages 8 – 10, and ages 11 and over. Prizes are … First prize, a box of 120 crayons; Second prize, a box of 64 crayons given in each category.

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