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Punx’y Kicks Off Holiday Season By Wendy Veitz-Giavedoni for Hometown magazine unxsutawney’s businesses are marking this weekend’s start of the holiday season with several events. “The Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to kick off the Home for the Holidays  season  by  visiting  our  local shops that will be featuring specials for the day and artisans at several locations,” said Michele Neal, chamber director. “Grab a bite to eat and stay for the annual Home for the  Holidays  parade  and  fireworks display.” Saturday opens with the local merchants  holding  “Mistletoe Madness” downtown. “It’s a big day in town for a lot of  us,”  said  Beverly  Fairman, owner  of  Fairlady  &  Co.  on West  Mahoning  Street.  Local participating  merchants  will offer  discounts,  prizes,  sales, and new and exciting Christmas merchandise.  Artisans  and crafters will be in many of the downtown stores. “Mistletoe Madness” is organized by the downtown business community “to kick off the holiday season,” according to Fairman. “It’s our hometown. We’re trying to promote shopping locally. You don’t need to go out of town. There are lots of interesting and nice things in our town.” Mistletoe Madness” is being promoted locally, in conjunction with American Express’ Small Business Saturday. “Stay  local  and  start  your  holiday  off right,” said Michele Neal, director of the Punxsutawney  Chamber  of  Commerce. Neal noted that other businesses, who may not be hosting a crafter for Mistletoe Madness,  may  be  holding  specials  for  their customers on Saturday. American  Express  started  Small  Business Saturday nationally four years ago. “Small Business Saturday falls between Black  Friday  and  Cyber  Monday,”  according to the American Express website, “and serves as the traditional kickoff to the holiday season for independent retailers and restaurateurs. The day was created in response to small business owners’ most pressing  need,  more  customers,  and  has since grown into an annual celebration of the independent businesses that help boost

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our local economies.” “We have a lot of nice shops and great things,” said Neal, encouraging everyone to shop locally and enjoy the entire day’s events. Saturday night, the twenty-third annual Home for the Holidays parade will step off at 6 p.m. on Mahoning Street. This parade was started to usher in the holiday season

by bringing Santa Claus to town. Santa always arrives in the last float of the parade, after  several  other  floats,  vehicles  and walking units from local churches, organizations, and businesses.

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“The parade is a function of the chamber,” said Neal, “but we are fortunate to have the Eagles sponsoring the parade and the  Walston  Club  sponsoring  the  fireworks.” F.O. Eagles #1231 will host the after-parade party, where parade winners will be announced  and  children  can  meet  with Santa and warm up with cookies and hot cocoa. The Walston Club is sponsoring this year’s fireworks after the parade. Following the parade, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club will add to the holiday festivities with its annual “Light-Up Night.” This features  the  Circle  of  Trees  in Barclay  Square,  culminating  in the lighting of the town’s tree on the park’s bandstand. The eighteen-foot artificial tree on the bandstand was purchased by the Rotary Club in 2006, after several  years  of  erecting  and maintaining  a  large,  live  Christmas tree.  “In 2007, we created the Circle of  Trees  to  enhance  the  holiday experience  in  a  unique  way  by having  eleven  non-profit  groups decorate  them  in  a  theme,”  said Tom Chelgren of the Rotary Club. “Now in its seventh year, the display has grown to nineteen trees and not only does it enhance the downtown, it’s purpose is to  - Continued on page 8


On the Roads Where We Live By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine n this area, as the season of fall turns to  winter  in  November,  many  folks will feel their freedom to travel impeded by the unpredictable changes in weather – changes that affect the condition of our roads, highways, and super highways.

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popularity  gave  humankind  more  personal freedom to travel. Often, we who travel frequently to distant  locations  of  family  and  friends  – “over the river and through the woods” – assume that roads we travel have always been that way. Our choices for places to visit are determined by our ease of travel. The ex-

In the early 1800s pioneer settlers to the Punxsutawney area traveled with family and household goods in a heavy wagon over dirt paths and crude roads cut over hills and through the woodlands. Enduring many hardships, the Conestoga wagon was their vehicle to reach the area.

projected improvements of the roads and highways. For our traveling convenience, we have much for which to be thankful. Simply put, considering the history of travel over many years by pioneers into this interior area of Pennsylvania forest land, we take for granted the hard, flat, smooth road surfaces we enjoy. Obviously,  the  area’s  first  inhabitants

didn’t  grow  out  of  the  soil  as  do  pine trees and wild berries. Recollections of many early settlers tell of journeys of pioneers into this area.  In the early 1800s, they all moved from a point A to a new land in the interior of Penn’s Woods. These folks were homeseekers facing the challenge of travel to establish  a  homestead.  They  “came  to - Continued on next page

Performances: friday, December saturday, December sunday, December friday, December saturday, December sunday, December Summer road and bridge projects in Punxsutawney, with orange barrels and detours, have been completed and road improvements are appreciated. Compared to travel in the past, we enjoy the benefits of our many constructed and improved roads and streets.

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As seen in this detailed drawing of William Long’s farm (Caldwell’s 1878 Illustrated Atlas of Jefferson County), dirt roads, muddy and rutted in wet seasons, were the routes to villages and towns for stage coaches, wagons, and by foot. (William Long’s farm is now the Plantation Bed & Breakfast along US 119.)

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Continued from previous page this  section”  or  “moved  to  this  part.” Their personal stories describe their relocation to a Punxsutawney site, remembered  as  “Punxsutawney  was non-existent, there but one or two shacks along the banks of the Mahoning Creek in this vicinity.” There was the Slaysman family, George and Ann, with young children, who set out to Punxsutawney from Blair County in the 1830s. Mr. Slaysman was a gunsmith, and having learned there was no gunsmith in Punxsutawney he sought an opportunity  to  relocate  to  the  land  of forests and small streams. In 1896, years after  his  family’s  arrival,  George,  the thirteen-year-old son on the trip, recalled the experience of their travel of eightyfive miles over the Allegheny Mountains, over the “road” to Ebensburg, to Indiana, and arrival in Punxsutawney. (To travelers today, this might describe US Route 422 East.)  “We had no other means of transportation but by wagons ...,” he wrote as he began  his  narration.  The  wagon  he  described was a large covered wagon, probably the Conestoga wagon that was used extensively for overland travel during the early  1800s.  In  Mr.  Slaysman’s  words, “the wagons were covered with the usual white  covers  ...  packed  to  their  utmost capacity, with much straw pressed in between the pieces of furniture, and on the sides of the wagons to keep the furniture from being rubbed or broken.” The family would also be fitted into the space.

The  journey  was  undertaken  in  the spring,  and  it  had  rained  and  snowed, with the frost coming out of the ground. The old clay road was often in a condition  of  “a  string  of  mud  holes”  for  the horses and iron wheels hauling a cargo. Pulling the horses out of the mud, prying up the wheels, lifting out the wagons was a common effort before the family reached its destination and established a new residence. There  were  the  stories,  too,  about  the Zeitler family and their early arrival to Punxsutawney in the 1840s. The first of the  family  arrived  in America  in  1837 from Germany, a trip across the Atlantic Ocean in “a two-and-a-half-masted sailing vessel” that lasted forty-six days.  After arriving in Baltimore, they took the journey west to Pittsburgh by way of a canal to Cumberland, Maryland. From Cumberland they were compelled to go overland  to  Pittsburgh  by  wagon. With heavily  loaded  wagons,  it  took  seven weeks  to  “drive”  to  Pittsburgh,  with some family members walking most of the way. They  went  from  Pittsburgh  to  Kittanning, up the Allegheny River on a keel boat, and continued on to Punxsutawney by wagons, arriving in 1848. John Zeitler bought 300 acres from the Holland Land Company for $5 an acre. He also bought two  town  lots  in  the  village  of  Punxsutawney  on  the  corner  of  Union  and South Findley streets (where the Presbyterian Church is today). The journeys over land in the pioneer days, over wild and rugged mountains, through colonnades of grand and tower- Continued on page 6


Joe Haag’s Store

By mary Ellen raneri for Hometown magazine he  little  confectionary  store  in  the East End of Punxsutawney was like going  to  Macy’s  for  a  kid  in  the 1960s. However, it didn’t have fancy clothes and designer shoes or handbags. It didn’t display shiny jewelry and expensive watches.  And,  I  never  saw  a  perfume counter  with  a  salesclerk  smeared  with smoky eyes and ruby-red lipstick. No. Joe Haag, the kindly, middle-aged proprietor, usually  stood  behind  his  small  glass counter  and  sold  a  few  ordinary  grocery items  and  newspapers;  there  was  a  little luncheonette  in  the  back.  Nonetheless, Joe’s store reigned as the best department store  in  the  world!  It  was  Penny  Candy Land and Comic Book Kingdom to a small child. The wooden door to the shop faced East Mahoning Street – across from a car dealer and Kurtz Brother’s Lumber Company. Up the  street,  Barletta’s  Quaker  Market  sat, nestled far away from the busy road. Joe’s store was on the next block down from that supermarket, across a little alley and near a tire dealer. In just a few moments, you were at Joe Haag’s confectionary, a place filled with sweets and a library of comic books! Joe patiently waited on each kid who visited that store as they selected the perfect penny candy from his display case. Flying saucers  –  round  wafers  filled  with  little hard confection beads of sugar – tiny ice cream  cones  with  a  marshmallow  tops, Bazooka  Joe  bubble  gum,  and  BB  Bats tempted  all  the  young  customers.  Even though  they  were  just  colorful  sweet

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baubles  strung  on  a piece  of  elastic string, I still remember  feeling  like  a grown-up  when  I donned  a  candy necklace around my neck. In addition to flying  saucers  and marshmallow cones and candy necklaces, I usually loaded up my bag with fake, pink and  brown  coconut  “bacon  strips”  and Turkish Taffy. Later, in the twilight of my kid years, I spent a small fortune on Beatle bubblegum,  packs  of  pink  chewing  gum that  contained  about  five  glossies  of  the Fab Four. Usually, when Dad brought me into Joe’s store, both men chewed the fat about stuff happening in town or in the neighborhood. Most  of  their  conversation,  though,  was fractured by my requests. “Ummm.  I’ll  have  three  chocolate  BB bats,” I squeaked, pressing my nose against the glass case with the rounded corners. “Anything  else?”  Joe  good-naturedly replied as he held a tiny white paper sack half-filled with my purchases. “Ummm. I’ll have two sets of wax lips, “I added. Those plump rosy wax lips tasted absolutely awful, but we kids chewed them anyway and spit them out. Plus, it was fun to wear the fake lips in the car and stick our faces  against  the  automobile’s  windows, taunting passersby. The best candy in Joe’s collection; however, was the round wheels of shoestring licorice – shaped like little rolls of Scotch - Continued on page 8

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Another illustration in Caldwell’s 1878 Illustrated Atlas reveals life on Punxsutawney’s West Mahoning Street at the James E. Mitchell residence before the borough began road improvements in 1889 by “planking” its major streets with flat boards. (The location is now the Lattimer House of the Punxsutawney Historical Society.)

On the Roads Continued from page 4 ing  old  trees,  rocks,  streams,  and  wild underbrush,  and  “game  and  beasts  of prey”  of  all  sorts,  was  taken  on  rough “roads”  and  paths  cut  out  for  travel  – often by foot and horse through inhabitable country and often with only crude comfort. Excerpts  from  a  history  of  the  Evans family  describe  the  family’s  move  in 1838  to  Jefferson  County  and  Punxsutawney  from  the  Nittany  Valley  in Centre County. Writing in 1908 about his parents’ trip to a new homestead, Richard R. Evans wrote, “The moving had to be done on wagons. Father hired a man with his  six-horse  team  and  one  of  the  oldfashioned wagons with a high road-bed and a cover on, which all our family was loaded  into.  It  took  us  six  days  ...,  it being  in April  when  the  roads  were  at their worst. On the day when we arrived in  Punxsutawney  it  rained  on  us  and Mother got wet and took cold, which was the cause of her death ... leaving Father with  nine  children  right  in  the  woods with no mother ... and very little money to  buy  anything.”  (Thanks  to  Dottie Jenks for preserving these family notes.) In those pioneer times when stretches of road became mud or swampy ground in the low areas, logs were laid to improve the  roads  for  wheeled  vehicles  and horses. The logs, placed side by side to form a solid surface, would be called a “corduroy road” because they reminded people of a corduroy pattern of parallel cords in fabric.

Many, many more folk would migrate over  these  crude  roads  to  the  interior lands of Jefferson County and settle into their  homesteads  and  the  little  villages created  by  commerce  and  trade.  The streets  and  alleys  of  these  towns,  like those  of  Punxsutawney,  were  dirt  for many years – mud and dirt, depending on the  season,  with  trenches  formed  by wagon  wheels  when  softened  by  rain, and dusty when dry for several days. With Punxsutawney incorporated as a borough  government  in  1850,  towns leaders sought to improve the conditions of the traveled streets used by buggies, horses, and men’s feet, or used by heavy “teamsters” hauling goods by wagon into the community from nearby towns where the  railroad  had  reached  for  trade  and travel. Where there were steam railroads, people  turned  from  the  challenges  of  the muddy,  dusty,  and  rutted  dirt  roads  to using the convenience of the new “people movers.” The railroad, for public travel and commerce,  wouldn’t  reach  Punxsutawney until 1883 with the arrival of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway, (and the Pennsylvania & Northwestern in 1886). Until the railroad arrived, stage coaches provided public transportation on country  roads  between  Punxsutawney  and points nearby. In the late 1880s, the editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit was urging the town to improve its roads. In one October edition he  wrote,  “Now  that  the  wet  season  is upon  us  and  our  streets  are  becoming veritable rivers of mud, it may be well - Continued on page 10

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By the staff of Hometown magazine and the Chamber of Commerce rom staff of Hometown magazine and the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Calendar at Punxsutawney.com, here is a list of events and happenings coming up in our area: n Nov. 27: Autism Speaks Benefit, 6 p.m. Walston Club. Open to the public. $10 donation includes rigatoni dinner, door prizes, DJ, and games of chance. n Nov. 29: Christmas Tags for the Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program become available. Look for them at Walmart or call 938-5530. Gifts can be left at Walmart or dropped off at the Salvation Army by Dec. 13. n Congratulations  to  Fairlady  &  Company, the  Punxsutawney  Chamber  of  Commerce's 2013 Business of the Year. Fairlady & Co., located on W. Mahoning St., is owned by Beverly Fairman. n Nov.  29:  Benefit  for  People  to  People project, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jefferson Street. Social Hall. Bake sale, meatball subs, soup and salad, craft sales. Benefits Brendon Stinson’s People to People Scholarship Tuition Fund. n Nov.  30:  Mistletoe  Madness  &  Small Business Saturday, various businesses around town will feature crafters, discounts, sales, etc. n Shopping locally in Punxsutawney is easy and convenient. You can now drive to all the stores around the community on better roads, after  all  the  road  construction  this  summer. Shopping locally keeps your gas bill down and helps the economy right here where you live. n Nov. 30: The 23rd Annual Home for the Holidays Parade, 6 p.m. Starts at the Punxsy Plaza and marches down Mahoning Street to Barclay Square. Visit with Santa at the Eagles after the parade and stay for the fireworks! n Nov. 30: Tree Lighting, Punxsy Rotary Club,  Circle  of  Trees,  7:15  p.m.  at  Barclay Square, after the parade. n Nov. 30: Shop Small at Thistle & Pine Celtic & Country Collectibles on Small Business Saturday, November 30th. Find Distinctive Gifts & Decor at this small Shoppe. Free Gift Wrapping.  First  20  customers  receive  a  free Shop Small tote.  7570 Rt. 119, Marion Center. n Nov. 30: Groundhog Day Deadline to get your organization’s event on the official 2014 Groundhog Day schedule, contact director@ ghogclub.com  or  by  call  814-618-5591  for more information. n Toys for Tots toy drive is underway. Bring unwrapped toys to Femco between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or to First Commonwealth Bank in Punx’y. Deadline to donate toys is Dec. 12. 

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n Dec. 2: Deer Season Opens. Watch for hunters and deer. Refer to Pennsylvania Game Commission for regulations. n Dec. 2: Living Christmas Tree tickets become available. Call the First Church of God at 938-6670 for free tickets. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 4 p.m. Dec. 15; 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21; and 4 p.m. Dec. 22. n Dec. 4: PAHS Chorus Concert, 7:30 p.m. PAHS auditorium. Free and open to the public. n Dec.  7:  Third Annual  Phil’s  Holiday Bash, 10 a.m. to noon, Gobbler’s Knob. For kids ages twelve and younger. Must be accompanied by an adult. Crafts, games, cookie dec-

orating, light lunch, and more. Pre-register at 618-5591. n Dec. 7: Cookie Fest, Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. until sold out. 938-8160 for information. n Dec. 7: Concert, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound,  6  p.m.  Punx’y  Area  High  School. Brought by Roseville Independent Chapel and Pastor Jim Fillhart. $25 reserved seating; $20 general; $25 at the door. Cash or checks only. Call 849-0817 for tickets.  n Dec. 7, 8 &15: A Bethlehem Walk, 7 to 9 p.m. Paradise Community United Church of Christ,  4336  Big  Run  Prescottville  Rd., Reynoldsville. Free admission, donations accepted.  n Dec. 13, 14 & 15: Punx’y Area Historical & Genealogical Society’s annual Christmas Open House. The Bennis House Museum and

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Continued from page 5 tape. Those goofy things lasted for hours as I pulled off red strands of the sticky stuff, twirled it around my fingers, and chewed on it until the little reel disappeared. Joe must have had a mini-computer chip in  his  brain,  though,  because  he  always knew the exact tally of my purchases. “Joe, how much money do I have left?” I questioned, knowing I was near the end of my bankroll. “Six  cents  left,”  Joe  calculated  without missing a beat. Customarily, I finished out my purchases with something small, like a gumball or a red hot jawbreaker. Then, Joe would hand me  my  stash  and  tell  me  to  come  back again. I always did. You  see,  I  couldn’t  resist  the  stacks  of comic books at Joe Haag’s. I was addicted to those comics just as much as the penny candy. Just when you came in – to the left – on the glass candy case and stacked beside it, piles of funny books hung out just waiting for some young customer to take them home. The weird thing about those books was that they had no covers. I don’t know  why,  but  the  lack  of  a  shiny  front page made them really cheap. I could usually get three or four of them, and I couldn’t wait to get home to read those comics over and over! Yes, Joe had my favorite reading material: Richie Rich, Little Lotta, Audrey and Little Dot, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Little Lulu, Archie, Casper, Spider-Man, and Superman. How I loved the adventures of the Ghostly Trio, a tricky group of specters that always  plagued  Casper.  Veronica,  Betty, Archie,  and  Jughead  entertained  me  for hours as I devoured the little books from Joe’s.  My  favorites  were  Dagwood  and Blondie! I can remember stopping at Joe’s store  before  a  long  trip  to  my  aunt  and uncle’s house in Michigan. That day, my parents bought me three Flintstones comic books that kept me company in the car until we reached my relatives’ door! The back pages of those books were even better than the comics! How I longed for my own herd of genuine Sea Monkeys or a pair of X-ray specs. Those advertisements displayed packs of toy soldiers too – about two hundred to a bag! Once, my neighbor sent away for a Rolls Royce toy car from an ad in the back a comic book; you were supposed to make it yourself from a kit. All he  got  was  a  piece  of  wood  with  four wheels and a tiny battery-operated motor. He loved it all the same and continued to scour  the  comics  for  future  purchases. Probably one of the funniest ads was for a nuclear sub that fired real “nuclear missiles

and torpedoes” – all for $6.95. The advertisement  on  the  back  of  a  Daffy  Duck comic book bragged easy assembly of the cardboard vessel. Due to its size, though, a kid had to send an extra sixty-five cents to cover  the  postage  if  he  wanted  to  be  the commander of his very own nuclear submarine. Even though I pondered sending away for some of the novelties like a miniature  spy  camera  or  special  glasses  that might  enable  me  to  see  the  bones  in  my hands, I never ordered anything. Me, I just gobbled  up  every  comic  I  could  buy  at Joe’s and reread them until the pages fell off the books. I guess you could say that Joe Haag’s candy shop was the library that a kid always dreamed of; it was the icing on the cupcake of reading! Even now, when I drive to Punxsutawney on one of my bi-annual visits, I can’t resist slowing my car down to a crawl as I pass by the little market. The place is gone now; it’s been replaced by a printing shop. But, in my mind, Joe’s Haag’s candy store will live forever. I can picture my dad holding my hand as we walk into Joe’s, and I can almost  hear  the  heavy  door  of  the  shop clunk behind us. Joe Haag still rules over his little kingdom behind his glass counter throne, surrounded by his loyal comics and a rainbow of bonbon courtesans. And me, I’m just standing in front of that glass case dreaming my penny candy memories that are worth a million bucks! • • •

Holiday Season Continued from page 2 encircle  the  season  with  a  true  holiday spirit  and  allow  for  families  to  create  a holiday tradition that will be a part of their memories for many years into the future.” The tree lighting should start at approximately 7:15 p.m., after the parade ends. This  year’s  Circle  of  Trees’  theme  is “Christmas Around the World.” The annual contest provides the Rotary Club with a way to give back to the community as the local organizations that decorate trees have a chance to win some prize money for their cause. There will be four prizes given in the two categories of “daytime” and “nighttime” trees. “Another part of the Circle of Trees is the generous  contributions  of  local  businesses. One hundred percent of the money is returned to the groups and local economy. Groups received $150 this year for participating and a large amount of prize money will be awarded to about half of the groups based upon the judging,” Chelgren pointed out. • • •

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Rossiter: a Historically Important Mining Town

By priDE for Hometown magazine he  history  of  coal  in  the  Punxsutawney area, and the nation, has been  one  of  a  balancing  act  between  capital  and  labor,  and  the use of power. Capital was necessary to underwrite    the  mining  companies; labor  was  necessary  to  produce  the goods. Government, in the form of law and the courts, ensured justice as the industry developed. As  early  as  1886,  speculators  were

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The Rossiter Strike Injunction historic marker located in the park at Rossiter.

seeking coal lands in Canoe Township, Indiana  County  near  Punxsutawney. That year, James K. North, a dealer in real  estate,  managed  the  sale  of  217 acres,  and  the  newspapers  reported much  larger  transactions  would  soon follow  as  Eastern  capitalists  were  expected to make large purchases. It took thirteen years for the capitalists buy the coal  land  on  Canoe  Creek.  In  January 1899,  the  newspaper  predicted  that  it would not be long before there would be another immense coal plant opened near Punxsutawney.  In March 1900, the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Corporation, a wholly owned

The Marion Independent newspaper reported the grantors on the deeds were: Acres Amount Grantor Barber, Mary E., et.al. 19.00 2,360.00 21.00 850.40 Baun, C.E. 26.00 1,041.20 Baun, Camden W. Baun, David 43.00 1,758.80 5.00 220.80 Baun, Henry, et.al. Baun, Joseph G. 2 tracts 4,000.00 31.00 1,276.80 Baun, Sarah, et.al. 86.00 3,444.50 Bishop, Rachel, et.al. Bole, Margen A. 70.00 200.00 4.00 160.40 Cochran, Margaret 86.00 3,444.50 Cochrane, Maria, et.al. Domb, Philip 71.00 2,760.00 34.00 1,387.60 Dunmire, Jacob L. Ellenberger, Sarah C. 40.00 1,619.60 67.00 2,704.40 Gaston, Lewis D. Henry, Adam 26.00 942.40 Henry, Margaret, et.al. 20.00 830.40 99.90 3,669.28 Henry, Rachel, et.al. Jordan, Eleanor M., et.al. 70.00 800.00 58.00 3,349.60 Knauf, David Law, Robert F. 122.00 4,910.00 Nelson, Julia A., et.al. 40.66 2,454.00 6.66 300.00 Reynolds, Charles, et.al. Reynolds, George F. 6.66 300.00 6.66 300.00 Reynolds, James A., et.al. Rish, Catharine G. 45.00 1,821.60 Rish, Jacob 56.00 2,278.00 Shields, William W., et.al. 70.00 1,827.60 Smith, William H. 2 tracts 7,790.25 Smith, William H. 164.00 13,120.00 Stiver, A.L. 8.00 352.80 Stiver, Adam 17.00 686.00 Sutter, John B. 71.00 2,857.43 Sutter, Philip E. 63.00 2,871.60 White, Charles R. 52.00 2,140.40 Winebark, John A., et.al. 4.00 197.60 Winebark, Martin 104.00 4,185.60 Winebark, Sarah C., et.al. 10.00 407.20

subsidiary  of  the  New  York  Central Railroad, recorded thirty-eight deeds totaling $86,620.76 at the Indiana County Courthouse and documenting the sale of lands  in  Canoe  Township,  Indiana County. With  the  execution  of  these  deeds, Bigler & Reed of the Clearfield Bituminous  Coal  Corporation  set  to  work opening  three  drift  mines  on  the William Smith farm in Canoe Township, four miles south of Punxsutawney. The coal  seam  was  between  four  and  five feet thick and of an excellent quality for coking.  Robert  McCreery,  a  carpenter

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enough to call attention to the fact that our town can never hope to be loved and respected and sought after until it begins to  spruce  up  and  keep  itself  clean.  In order  to  do  this  the  streets  must  be paved.” At another time he wrote, “The streets become as muddy in the fall and as dusty in the summer now, as they did when our fathers played marbles ….” Locally, it was common to have crushed stone delivered from farms to fill in the mud  holes  of  spring.  Or  wait  until  the warm rays of sunshine would allow the mud to dry and the streets scraped with heavy logs pulled by horses. Then there was the dust! With the arrival of the railroad, country roads were left to their natural conditions of the seasons. Road improvements were focused on the living centers of the villages.  And  with  a  plentiful  amount  of timber in the area’s woodlands, the system of “planking” would be the choice for  paving  Punxsutawney’s  streets.  By the late 1880s, folks were talking about “building”  their  roads,  not  “clearing” them. Between  1889  and  1892,  Punxsutawney’s  main  streets  were  bid  for “planking.”  Planked  streets  were  made from thick, smooth, flat boards provided by  area  sawmills. Although  such  roads are not the most durable, the town was proud  of  the  improvement  –  while  the planked streets lasted. In April 1889, the borough decided to pave the downtown streets from the Pantall Hotel to Gilpin Street, and on North Findley  Street  from  Mahoning  to  the BR&PRR  station  (near  Ragley’s  Tru Value today). A contract proposal to furnish lumber for the streets was awarded in May to Henry Brown’s mill at Bell’s Mills. His lowest bid for hemlock boards was  $7.42  per  thousand.  Another  proposal, in 1892, asked for bids for 205,000 feet to be 2 x 6 inches and 12 or 16 feet long,  and  35,000  feet  to  be  one  inch boards. This material was to be delivered on Mahoning Street. The order was for ���paving” Mahoning Street between the East  End  Bridge  and  what  is  now Mitchell Avenue. The summer project of 1892 would also include “planking” one side of Mahoning Street going east from the bridge to the P&NW depot (now the U. S. Post Office parking lot). According to the Spirit, this major project “would be of great benefit

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to the freight haulers.” Plank streets had their drawbacks. One was that timber planks rotted and had to be replaced many times – a costly occurrence for borough budgets. Another was the many occurrences when portions of the plank streets in the low areas of the town were washed away by floods from the Mahoning Creek. The  planked  streets  also  needed  to  be cleaned  of  dust.  Plus,  there  were  the street cleaning costs to remove the mud that accumulated from wagons and buggies  coming  into  town  from  country roads and “unpaved” streets. Often the mud on the plank streets became many inches deep. Business owners were encouraged to clean the mud in front of their businesses by scraping it up into heaps. Every Friday, a horse-drawn refuse wagon and worker would arrive to pick it up and haul it away. They were advised not to wash the mud into the sewers.  Accumulated mud was mixed with the emissions from horses and oxen used to transport  people  and  their  cargo.  After one 1890 street cleaning with the refuse wagon, a news note in the local newspaper reported that “the mixture is said by some who are presumed to know, to be an excellent fertilizer.” Persons in need of “something of this kind” were invited to the borough building to haul some away. One 1901 news article reported a $425 annual  cost  to  keep  the  “paved”  streets clean. By the mid-1890s, the planked streets had fallen out of favor. The borough was looking  for  something  more  permanent and considered vitrified brick as a paving surface. It was time to modernize the town that was now experiencing a strong industrial and commercial growth. Electricity was now in use. The street railway was moving people up and down town and in and out of town. Bicycles were also popular for people to move about. The two railroads  were  arriving  daily  with  more goods and heavier cargo. Punxsutawney had two brick factories to  produce  the  newer  brick  that  was harder, stronger, nonporous, and resistant to  moisture.  It  was  time  for  something more substantial for street pavements. In  1898,  the  new,  brick  street  “paver” became  the  material  of  choice,  and  it paved the way for the twentieth century and a new form of transportation entering the  streets  and  country  roadways  –  the automobile. • • •

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut each apple quarter in thirds crosswise and  combine  in  a  bowl  with  the  zests, juices, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Roll out half the pie dough and drape it over a 9- or 10-inch pie pan to extend about 1/2-inch  over  the  rim.  Don't  stretch  the

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Rossiter Continued from page 9

from Punxsutawney, received the contract to build the first thirty houses. The new mine and the accompanying town would  be  named  Rossiter  in  honor  of E.W. Rossiter the treasurer of the New York Central Railroad. A branch of the Pittsburg and Eastern Railroad, also owned by the New York Central,  would  be  constructed  to  provide  the  shipping  facilities.  By  May 1900,  the  railroad  had  been  surveyed, and contractors McAfee and Ake were working on a road from Elbel to the new mine  at  Rossiter.  The  contractors  had difficulty  getting  workers.  They  paid $1.40 per day and could not find enough workers, even though this rate was fifty cents  more  a  day  than  had  been  paid three years earlier.  The laborers at the new mine included local  miners  who  had  experience  and were looking for advancement. Among these were David Jenkins, who worked for Berwind-White at Horatio, who accepted a position at Rossiter as engineer and  electrician  at  the  electric  plant. Other  local  miners  who  took  jobs  at Rossiter  came  from  Adrian,  Anita, Eleanora,  Sagamore,  and  Walston. These  miners  were  among  those  who had fought hard to win fair wages for an honest  day’s  work.  Some  of  them  had been  through  the  strike  at  Horatio,  in which  Sheriff  Gourley  agreed  to  lead strikers on their march to Horatio if they followed  the  law,  and  at  Eleanora, where  the  newly  commissioned  State Police treated both the company and the miners  fairly  under  the  law.  Rossiter provided  opportunities  for  new  immigrants arriving from Italy, Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia. These immigrants had  mentors  among  the  miners  who shared their nationalities and who had lived in the Punxsutawney area for several decades. By 1906, Rossiter was a thriving town. Curious about these beautiful animals? Call to arrange a farm visit.

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The activities of Rossiter folks were reported in a fairly regular column in the local  newspapers. A  free  night  school was  started  in  the  Lower  Rossiter School Building with the salary of the teachers  paid  by  Canoe  Township. Eighty students attended night classes. Two hotels were operating, the elders of the  Cumberland  Presbyterian  Church were  organizing,  and  the  opera  house was crowded each night. The Punxsutawney Spirit carried an article titled “Rossiter is one of the Best Mining Towns in Western Part of Pennsylvania,” on October 4, 1922. In the article,  Sid  Smith  stated  that  he  was surprised at the size of the town, nearly 4,000 residents, and at the spirit of unanimity among the citizens. Rossiter had three  schools,  a  good  moving-picture house, many places of businesses, and fine residences. Smith stated, “But what Rossiter is mostly noted for is the baseball,  football  and  basketball  teams  it turns out … People accuse Rossiter fans of  being  partisan  and  unfair,  but Rossiter is smart. The community spirit is strong and when they get out to root for the home team, believe me, they root … That  is  the  kind  of  spirit  that  wins and  is  the  kind  of  spirit  that  made Rossiter one of the best mining towns in this part of the state.” And then disaster struck. It was not a disaster in the mine; it was a confrontation between labor and capital in which power by honorable men was used. The honorable  men  were  Judge  Jonathan Langham and Governor John Fisher. Judge Jonathan Langham, a native of Indiana  County,  had  been  a  school teacher and postmaster and had served in the State Auditor General’s office as the  corporation  deputy.  He  had  been elected  to  the  United  States  House  of Representatives from the 27th District, where  he  served  three  terms  prior  to being  elected  judge  of  the  Court  of Common  Pleas  of  Indiana  in  1919.  In 1925, he was elected to a second term - Continued on page 15

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turkey is eaten relatively rarely throughout the  rest  of  the  year. According  to  figures from the National Turkey Federation, fully 21 percent of all the turkeys consumed in the United States each year are eaten on Thanksgiving.  Another  10  percent  are  eaten  at Christmas and almost 9 percent on Easter. No numbers are known for Hanukkah, but the  holiday  is  associated  far  more  with brisket than turkey. Most home cooks often don't take the opportunity to cook turkey other than on these holidays. So as the fourth Thursday in November approaches each year, many cooks tend to panic. Here's the answer to that: Don't panic. As the immortal Cab Calloway might have said, a turkey ain't nothin' but a bird. It's just poultry. When you get right down to it, turkeys are just overgrown chickens. And you can cook a chicken, right? The Butterball hotline has a staff that answers  questions  about  turkey-cooking throughout  the  months  of  November  and December. The basics are really quite simple. Pat the bird dry with paper towels. Season it with plenty of salt and pepper. Cook it, breast up, at 325 degrees F. Roast a 7- to 10-pound bird for  2-1/2  to  3  hours  (2-3/4  to  3-1/2  if stuffed), a 10- to 18-pound bird for 3 to 3-

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game  hen.  And  Cornish  game  hens  taste great with an orange glaze. So we decided to try the same method with a turkey. It worked like a charm -- if you have to try a charm a couple of times before you get it right.  For  the  purposes  of  science,  we brushed a simple glaze of butter melted with marmalade on one-third of the turkey before baking it. We brushed more on another third with about 45 minutes to go and brushed the final third with the glaze five minutes before it was done. The question was whether and when the glaze would burn. We knew that the sugar in the marmalade would burn, but we did not know  if,  when  tempered  by  the  butter,  it would burn at the relatively low temperature of 325 degrees. The part of the bird that was glazed the en- Continued on page 26

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The first tipple at Rossiter, about 1900. Photo courtesy of the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society.

Rossiter Continued from page 12 as judge. Judge Langham also served as chairman of the Indiana County Republican  party  and  campaigned  for  his friend,  State  Senator  John  Fisher,  in 1926  when  Fisher  ran  for  governor  of Pennsylvania and was elected. Governor Fisher was well connected with the Clearfield  Bituminous  Coal  Corporation,  having  served  as  an  attorney  for and vice-president of the company that operated the Rossiter mines. Both men had served on the board of trustees of the  Indiana  State  Normal  School  – Fisher from 1916 to 1927 and Langham from 1917 to 1931. During World War I, the Lever Act nationalized food and fuel industries and prohibited strikes and stabilized wages. The end of World War I brought a period of super patriotism and anti-foreign sentiment. Employers joined with super patriots  in  using  “Americanism”  as  a weapon against strikers and as a means to  encourage  public  support  against striking  workers.  They  labeled  those who  sought  better  working  conditions as “Bolsheviks.” The coal companies facing a post war depressed  economy  focused  most  of their attention on cutting on labor costs through wage reductions. The prevailing wage of $7.50 per day was being reduced to $6.00, a twenty percent cut in pay when inflation had already devalued the purchasing power of the dollar. Company officials stated they could not

remain competitive at such a high wage rate and an “adjustment” from the miners and the union was absolutely necessary. A major strike began on April 1, 1927. Eight  hundred  Rossiter  miners  joined other miners in western Pennsylvania in the strike on July 27, 1927. The miners adopted resolutions requesting aid, and they  marched  to  other  mines  in  an  attempt to persuade those miners to join the strike. The company responded by requesting the authorities to station state troopers  and  sheriff’s  deputies  at Rossiter. They also evicted miners and their families from company houses. In November 1927 Judge Langham issued an injunction that blocked virtually all the activities of Rossiter strikers. His injunction went beyond the protection of  the  employer’s  property.  It  banned picketing and marching or gathering for meetings  or  rallies.  It  prohibited  the union  from  disbursing  union  funds  as relief for striking miners. The order forbade the miners from using newspaper advertisements and other means of communication to aid the cause of the strikers  and  to  convincing  non-striking miners  not  to  work.  In  his  injunction Judge  Langham  even  prohibited  the singing hymns and holding church services on property owned by the Magyar Presbyterian  Church,  which  was  situated directly opposite one of the mine openings. The injunction and the activities of the police  gave  the  company  the  upper hand. The union supported the miners. - Continued on next page

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Rossiter Continued from previous page They hosted rallies, helped to find housing  for  evicted  miners,  and  solicited help  from  the  public.  The  Punxsutawney area responded with contributions money, food, and clothing. Money came  from  individual  donors  and  organizations  including  the  Knights  of Pythias,  the  Catholic  Daughters  of America, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. It  was  a  bitter  struggle  and  attracted national  attention. A  subcommittee  of the Interstate Commerce Committee of the United States Senate arrived in Indiana County in late February 1928. The senators  toured  the  mines  and  conducted hearings. They saw the actions by the judge going beyond labor-management relations as crucial questions of  civil  liberties.  One  member  of  the subcommittee told reporters that he had never seen an injunction so comprehensive and drastic as to be an absolute interference  with  free  speech.  Another commented that if courts were used to restrain constitutionally guaranteed liberties,  there  wouldn’t  be  any  freedom left. Governor Fisher was quick to defend the  actions  of  Judge  Langham.  The 1920s  saw  some  of  the  worst  human rights violations ever seen in the United States. In the end, the company’s wealth and  their  use  of  political  power  combined to defeat the union and the miners. In 1929, this changed with the crash of Wall Street and the onset of the Great Depression. During the 1930s the Union

re-emerged, World War  II  brought  the beginning of a trend toward a high standard of living for miners, their families, and their communities. Senator Robert Walker, who had served on the subcommittee that had visited Rossiter, was one of key persons to introduce the National Labor Relations Act, which became law in  1945  and  provided  protection  for workers from violations of their constitutional right to freedom of speech. By 1942  the  profitable  coal  in  the  deep mines at Rossiter had been exhausted. Today, in the town of Rossiter, a historical  marker  reminds  people  of  the Rossiter Strike Injunction and its role in changing labor relations in the United States. (Editor’s Note: The resources used in the preparation of this article are available at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. This article has been prepared by PRIDE – Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing. PRIDE is a non-profit organization which brings together residents, business people, community leaders and civic organizations, to improve the business districts in Punxsutawney. PRIDE is working to develop a Coal Memorial and Welcome Center for the Punxsutawney Area. Comments on this article may be directed to PRIDE, P.O. Box 298, Punxsutawney, PA 15767) • • •

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By Wendy Veitz-Giavedoni for Hometown magazine he  familiar  sound  of  bells  ringing around the community can be heard, as The Salvation Army has begun its annual Red Kettle Campaign. Kettles can be found at Walmart, Fezell’s County Market, Peebles, and Dollar Tree. Volunteer  bell  ringers  stand  with the kettles at each location. The campaign will continue through December. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,� said Captain Keith Jache, commanding officer of the Punxsutawney Worship & Service Center. “Our goal this year is $55,000.� Along with making Christmas merrier for needy families from around  the  Punx’y  area,  the funds  are  used  for  programs and services that help the community  throughout  the  year. The Salvation Army offers rent and utility assistance, emergency clothing and food, transient lodging, after-school youth programs, summer camp, emergency disaster services, winter coats, and Sunday school and worship services.

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Around Town Continued from page 7 the Lattimer House will be decorated for the holiday season and be open 1 to 4 p.m. Regular museum hours for December are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  n Dec. 15: Choir Concert at First English Lutheran Church. Choirs from Queen of the World Roman Catholic parish in St. Marys will present a concert of sacred music for choir and organ, along with some organ solo pieces. Concert is at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Concerts are free, but donations are appreciated. n Dec. 15: Christmas Cantata, “This Must Be the Place,� Cross Town United Methodist Ministries, at Grace U.M. Church, 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call 938-4030 for more information. n Dec. 16: Deadline for Weather Discovery Center’s Penguin Hockey Tickets fundraiser. Penguins  vs. Washington  Capitals  at  Consol Energy Center at 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Upper level tickets,  $99  each.  Lower  level,  $120  each. Reservations can be made at info@weatherdiscovery.org or call 938-1000. Tickets are not reserved until paid for. n Dec. 16: Make-A-Wish 20th Annual Light Up A Child’s Life Campaign begins on WPXZ from several locations each morning, then mov-

“We hope the community will continue its generous tradition of helping us reach the goal,� said Jache. “We are always humbled by the giving from the Punxsutawney area. We offer our thanks to the donors and to the

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If I Could Save Time in a Bottle

by Betsy Hart Scripps Howard News Service remember when my children were very young, and we lived in Virginia, I came to see my family's life as being on a familiar loop: Putting up the Christmas lights, followed by hunting for Easter baskets and celebrating a raft of spring birthdays, then summers at the pool and, before long,  the  hunt  for  the  perfect  Halloween costumes. A great loop -- but a fast and familiar one, nonetheless. I commented to friends then that my loop seemed to be gaining speed, and I supposed it would do so until it stopped for good. In a surprise to me, the loop  changed  venues after an unexpected divorce. In  the  suburbs  of Chicago, a similar loop developed  in  my  new life  as  a  single  mom with school-aged kids. Faster  and  faster  it went,  until  I  waved goodbye to that home, too  --  after  nine  years that felt like two. And  now  I'm  with  a new husband in yet another home, and beginning  to  watch  my children go off to college and wondering how quickly this loop will get into high speed. But will it? I've come to hope that this time around, so to speak, I may be able to slow things down a little. I'd  always  thought  it  seemed  that  time speeded up as we got older because, relative to our life span, it does. A year to a 2year-old is half a lifetime; to an 80-year-old, it's a small fraction of a lifetime, leaving us powerless to stop the speed-up. But in discussing this recently with a dear friend from high school -- has it actually been  more  than  30  years?  --  while  I lamented the inexorability of the increasing rush of time, she explained that I had it all wrong. (If only I would slow down and consider the matter!) What we talked about that evening led me to find out more, and this is what I discovered: A wide range of research suggests that while the relative-time argument has merit for why time feels like it goes faster as we get older, there's something else that may

account much more for the phenomenon. It turns out that our brains have to work hard at taking  in  new  information,  and  the  effort needed to process the novel information exaggerates our sense of time involved. In contrast, when things are familiar, the brain can shortcut right through it with sort of a "been here, done that, let's move on" mentality that makes time seem to go faster. No wonder taking a math test can seem like an eternity, but dinner with close friends in the same amount of time goes by in a moment. Time  really  does  fly  when  we're  having fun. So then it should be no  surprise  that  familiar life loops and routines,  more  and more the typical pattern of life as we get older and more established,  give  our brains endless shortcuts.  But a child or other  young  person taking  in  new  information at every turn, having  a  constantly busy brain - well, that makes  time  seem much slower. As  writers  Belle Beth  Cooper  and Caroline  Gregoire outlined  it  for  one piece I looked at, this one in The Healer's Journal, from this summer, research shows that "... if we feed our brains more new information,  the  extra  processing  time  required will make us feel like time is moving more slowly." They and other writers and researchers on the subject said new experiences, learning new  things,  simply  working  to  notice  the same or novel things more (pile on the details and information), minimizing routine and brain shortcuts -- are all ways to change the perception of time passing quickly. In other words, with a little practice, maybe we can slow time down to a steady jog, or occasionally even walk. Well, I'm glad to have this information as I start my new loop. Timing is everything. (Betsy Hart's latest book, "From The Hart: A Collection of Favorite Columns on Love, Loss, Marriage (and Other Extreme Sports)," has been revised. Email hartmailbox-mycolumn@yahoo.com.) • • •  

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eed  a  quick  lunch,  family  dinner, party  pizza,  or  after-game  refueling? Want to eat in or to take out? Laska’s Pizza is the place. Located at  405  North  Main  Street  in  Punxsutawney,  Laska’s  offers  in  addition  to their famous pepperoni pizza, a wide variety of specialty pizzas, dinners and side

ian garden. In the newly refurbished dining room, pictures of Punxsutawney’s past cover the walls providing points of interest  for  locals  and  visitors  alike.  These make Laska’s Pizza one of the “must see” places in Punxsutawney. Stop by and join Laska’s Pizza in celebrating twenty-five years of serving good food at reasonable prices.  • • •

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Try a New Hue Not a fan of orange and brown? No worries; your table's color palette doesn't have to be restricted to traditional fall colors. Instead try softer, cooler hues like the whites, pale greens and grays found on heirloomvariety pumpkins.

Phantastic Phil welcomes diners to Laska’s Pizza.

Barney and his guest appear in the mural above the booths in the informal dining area.

The dining room features seating for both large and small groups. The dining room may be reserved for group luncheons or dinners.

Stack a Centerpiece For a simple focal point, skip the flowers and  instead  stack  pumpkins  in  varying shades and graduated sizes to create a rustic topiary. Remove the stems from all but the top pumpkin to create a stable base. Natural Embellishments Use fresh greenery, like waxy magnolia leaves or feathery evergreen boughs, to add texture and color around the base of the centerpiece. Tuck collected pine cones and nuts into the arrangement to celebrate nature's bounty. Go For a Layered Look Layering plates in different finishes, colors or textures is an easy trick for setting an elegant table. Start with a charger, followed by a dinner plate, topped by a folded cloth napkin and small bread or dessert plate. Beyond Pumpkins Some varieties of squash are beautiful and a perfect fit for a rustic fall table setting. Stroll the grocery store's produce aisle or your local farmers market for inspiration. Artichoke, cabbage, pears and pomegranates are other great options for decorating a rustic fall table. Complete the Look When  setting  your  Thanksgiving  table, don't forget to add fall touches to the other main elements in your dining room. A few organic additions to the chandelier, buffet, hutch  or  cupboard  will  pull  the  seasonal look together. (Courtesy Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com) • • •  

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Holy Grail of Thanksgiving: a crispy skin. Once again, we turned to chicken for our inspiration. We know of two effective means of  achieving  a  crisp  skin  on  a  roasted chicken, so we tried them both. Both, we are happy to say, worked reasonably well. One trick to having a crispy skin is to dry out the skin before cooking it. Thoroughly pat the skin dry with paper towels, sprinkle it liberally with salt (but don't make it saltier than you want to eat it) and let it sit uncovered to dry out in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Before you cook it, pat it dry again. Some people put it in front of a fan for an hour before cooking. The other trick is to coat the skin lightly with fat such as butter or oil before cooking it. We wanted to give a little flavor to this coating, so we prepared a flavored butter and flavored oil. We  mixed  softened  butter  with  finely minced  fresh  rosemary  and  rubbed  it  all over the turkey before baking. It was a little gooey, but the results were well worth it. And you can tell yourself that most of the butter drips off while roasting. For the oil, we gently heated two peeled cloves of garlic and a sprig of rosemary in a

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cup  of  oil,  until  the  garlic  started  to  turn brown. We brushed some of this flavored oil onto the turkey before cooking. You can tell yourself that most of the oil drips off while roasting. Though we used rosemary for both techniques, thyme or sage would work just as well. Why?  Because  they  go  so  well  with chicken. TURkEy WITH SCENTED OIL 1 turkey 1 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 (4- to 6-inch) sprig fresh rosemary (see cook's note) Salt and pepper

Cook's note: Two sprigs of thyme or two sprigs of sage will also work well. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and arrange a rack in lower third. Remove racks above it. Remove neck and gizzards (if any) from turkey and pat dry. For crisper skin, allow to dry for up to 24 hours, uncovered and salted, in the refrigerator or place in front of a fan for at least 1 hour. In a small saucepan on medium-low heat, gently heat oil, garlic and rosemary until garlic begins to burn. Remove rosemary and garlic. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into a small bowl and brush the contents of that bowl all over the skin of the turkey. If you need more oil, pour out more into the small bowl and use that. Do not dip brush that has touched raw turkey into pan with oil in it unless you do not plan to save this oil for later uses. Refrigerate reserved oil for later uses. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting dish, breast-side  up,  and  roast  until  meat  thermometer inserted into thigh reaches at least 170 degrees or skin is browned and thighs move freely in their joints. If skin gets so dark  it  looks  as  if  it  might  start  to  burn, cover with a piece of foil. Yield: Depends on size of the turkey. BUTTER-RUBBED TURkEy 1 turkey 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 rounded teaspoon dried (see cook's note) Salt and pepper

Cook's note: You can also use thyme or sage. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and arrange a rack in lower third. Remove racks above it. Remove neck and gizzards (if any) from turkey and pat dry. For crisper skin, allow to dry for up to 24 hours, uncovered and salted, in the refrigerator or place in front of a fan for at least 1 hour.

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ugly monsters?” 15. “Wanna see some magic? OK, let’s watch you disappear!” 16. “That’s not ‘my’ Christmas! ‘My’ Christmas is filled with laughter, and joy... and this: my Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it.”  17. “That’s neither pig nor pork, it’s beef.” 18. “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”

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Using a large spoon, mix together butter and rosemary until the herb is incorporated into the butter. Rub skin of turkey all over with butter-herb mix. Season with salt and pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting dish, breast-side  up,  and  roast  until  meat  thermometer inserted into thigh reaches at least 170 degrees or skin is browned and thighs move freely in their joints. If skin gets so dark it looks as if it might start to burn, cover with a piece of foil. Yield: Depends on size of the turkey. ORANGE-GLAZED TURkEy 1 turkey Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) 1/2 cup marmalade

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and arrange a rack in lower third. Remove racks above it. Remove neck and gizzards (if any) from turkey and pat dry. For crisper skin, allow to dry for up to 24 hours, uncovered and salted, in the refrigerator or place in front of a fan for at least 1 hour. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting dish, breast-side up, and put into the oven. About 45 minutes before you think turkey will be done, melt butter and marmalade in a small saucepan over medium heat until it forms a liquid. Brush this mixture all over skin of turkey. Return to oven and roast until meat  thermometer  inserted  into  thigh reaches  at  least  170  degrees,  or  skin  is browned  and  thighs  move  freely  in  their joints. If skin gets so dark it looks as if it might start to burn, cover with a piece of foil. Yield: Depends on size of the turkey. (Contact Daniel Neman at dneman@theblade.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.) • • • 

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here are so many different and creative ways for families to showcase their heritage and honor a grandparent or other special senior. Scrapbooks are one such way to share the life of a special person and indirectly tell the tale of your family history. Very often personal history projects are a part of elementary school curricula, so you may already have the makings of a family tree or a family diary in your home. All it takes is a little more research and some planning to design a scrapbook that can be gifted or kept for generations to enjoy. Begin  by  making  an  outline  of  what  you would like to cover in the scrapbook. Perhaps there is a specific event in a grandparent's life that is worth highlighting, like a military tour of  duty  or  a  brief  stint  in  show  business. Maybe  you  would  like  to  present  different snapshots in time during his or her life. Either way, planning out the content of the scrapbook will make it easier to gather the necessary elements. Once you've settled on a theme, begin your research by interviewing the eventual recipient (he or she doesn't have to know the reason behind the inquiry).  During the interview, take note of key dates and try to establish the mood of the era with supporting materials. For example, you may be able to find samples of advertisements from a correlating period in history or newspaper clippings that can be used to fluff up the content of the book.  In the meantime, gather photos that can be

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night before going to bed. This prevents the tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard, and it also helps the tree maintain its aesthetic appeal through the holiday season. n Limit use of candles. Like Christmas trees, candles are a popular yet potentially hazardous decorative item during the holiday  season. When  decorating  with  candles,  be  sure  that  all  candles  are extinguished  before  leaving  a  room  and never leave them burning when you go to bed.  Candles  should  be  kept  away  from any decorative items, including Christmas trees, that can catch fire. Never place candles  near  curtains,  furniture  or  presents. Holiday enthusiasts with little children or pets at home might want to decorate with fake  LED-light  candles  instead  of  traditional candles. Curious kids or excitable pets may not recognize the potential dangers of lit candles and, as a result, might burn themselves or tips candles over. The holiday season is upon us, and that means scores of celebrants will be decking their halls. Though festive decorations are a part of the season, safety should always come first.   • • •

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pheasants Continued from page 34 Minnesota pheasants have fared no better. Pheasant numbers are down 29 percent from last year, and 72 percent below the long-term average. Contributing to the falloff: Nearly 64,000  CRP  acres  were  lost  in  the  state's pheasant range in the past year. Given all of this, how can I be optimistic about pheasants? Let  me  count  the ways: 1)  Water:  The  future  will  be  owned by those who manage  water  properly, while  those  who waste  this  precious and evermore scarce resource will suffer. Put  another  way, landowners,  counties,  states  and  nations  that  conserve water  will  enjoy economic and strategic advantages over those that don't -- a lesson we as a society have yet to learn. When we do (and we will), we'll realize anew what conservationists have argued for more than a century:  Clean,  abundant  water  requires healthy  landscapes.  To  achieve  these,  increased crop rotation, development of new crops, establishment of stream buffer strips and the increased planting of grasses and other perennial crops will be required. Over time, these will gain greater prominence, if only to ensure  the  region's,  and  the  nation's,  water supply remains abundant and clean. 2) Public lands: Minnesota is the big winner here, thanks to the foresight of wildlife managers in the 1950s who began the state's "Save the Wetlands" program. Later this effort morphed into Minnesota's wildlife management area plan, which in turn inspired establishment of federal waterfowl production areas. Neither Iowa nor South Dakota, nor North Dakota, has the public land base Minnesota has, and when this state figures out how to properly, and extensively, manage these lands, they will yield significantly more game and nongame species than they now do. 3) Climate: Occasional aberrations aside, including  perhaps  periodic  extreme  weather events,  the  chance  that  Minnesota  and  the Dakotas will become more temperate in com-

ing years is better than even, decreasing the chance that winter kill will be a significant limiting factor affecting pheasants going forward.  4) Technology: Twenty years from now, if not sooner, agronomists will view the current period  as  one  of  agriculture's  darkest  moments. The relentless planting of so many corn and soybean acres, and the massive fertilizing they require, will be replaced, or balanced, by

new crops with higher yields that reduce land fertility less. The result will be a more balanced landscape that benefits wildlife. 5) Increased consumer demand for healthier food, locally or regionally sourced: This phenomenon, already growing, will increase, and markedly, and will contribute to more varied forms of agriculture and crops. 6) Increased appreciation of, and stewardship of, prairies and grasslands. 7) A coming renaissance in outdoor recreation:  The  present  electronic  gadget  era notwithstanding, a revolution in the way people spend their time, fueled by nature's timeless calling, will result in more people than ever spending more time in traditional outdoors pursuits, especially those that enhance physical fitness. Enter long walks on autumn days behind good dogs, looking for roosters. 8) Advocacy  unchained:  Short  story: Too many people love pheasants and the lands that support them, and are too well organized, to let these birds fall by the wayside. 9) What can you do? Join Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League, The Nature Conservancy or another group.  (Contact Dennis Anderson at danderson@startribune.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.) • • • 

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By Aimee Blanchette minneapolis Star Tribune ason  Koenig  winced  at  people  using taxidermy as decor until he did so himself. Now the St. Paul, Minn., real-estate  agent  has  a  4-foot  barracuda mounted above his stone fireplace, along with life-size teal-and-yellow bulldog statues flanking the staircase. "I never thought I'd own a fish mount," Koenig said. "But it's so cool. I had to have it." Koenig's living-room conversation pieces were  purchased  at  the  Bearded  Mermaid Bazaar in St. Paul. The hodgepodge vintage-style shop belongs to an emerging segment of the antiquing market that's tailoring its  inventory  to  men.  This  movement  of guys  who  sift  through  trash  to  find  their treasure even has its own name -- "mantiquing." Thanks to the popularity of TV shows like "American Pickers" and "Storage Wars," antiquing and junking among men is surging. As the American home grows in size, family members have spaces of their own, and collectibles that were once relegated to the garage or wood shop are finding space on walls and bookshelves in the basement bar or in the proverbial man cave.

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For some mantiquers, the more offbeat the better. The Bearded Mermaid's collection of oddities has included a stuffed raccoon with its paw on a Schmidt beer can (it now resides in a local barbershop). "This isn't your typical grandma's antique store," said Bearded Mermaid owner Nick Soderstrom. "I have what guys are looking for -- good American-made stuff." Among the "stuff" in question: An 8-foottall taxidermy giraffe -- which may or may not be American-made. That's not to say women don't appreciate such eclectic decor, said Jim Bailey, a longtime antiques dealer and artist. Generally speaking, however, women are after fine pottery, porcelain and glass, while men are drawn  to  tools,  hunting  and  fishing  gear and sports memorabilia. "There's  not  too  many  guys  dealing  in dishes," said Bailey. "But I don't know a guy who wouldn't want a moose head on his wall." Sue Whitney, editor and founder of Junk Market  Style  magazine,  admits  she searches specifically for those collectibles that appeal to the masculine sex and makes sure they're visible from the window of her shop,  Get  Fresh  Vintage  in  Lanesboro,

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How to boost your immune system for the holidays

he hustle and bustle of holiday celebrations will soon be upon us. The office parties are already in full swing and  storefront  windows  are  all decked out in holiday glitz. Your Christmas lights and decorations are up and all that is left to do is entertain family and friends. This time of year can be wonderful, but it also brings a certain amount of stress. The last-minute  shopping,  family  visits,  kids running  around  the  house  and  overcrowded  shopping  centres  is  exhausting just to think about. All  of  that  added  stress  also  can  affect your  immune  system.  Hugs  and  handshakes represent golden opportunities for viruses, parasites and bacteria to join in the spirit of Holiday sharing. You wonder how you will ever make it through the season without catching something. And then you may ask yourself: Can probiotics  really  boost  my  immune  system? The answer is yes. According  to  dietitian  and  nutritionist Annie Jolicoeur, many clinical studies have demonstrated the benefits of probiotics in terms of preventing and treating the common cold, the flu and gastroenteritis.  "Taking  probiotics  reduces  the  severity and  duration  of  symptoms  like  fever, coughing, runny nose, and even diarrhea," explains Jolicoeur. "Therefore, it is recommended that all members of the family take probiotics every day." Jolicoeur  recommends  Probaclac  as  the ideal  solution  since  it  provides  probiotic complexes  that  are  designed  specifically for every age group: children up to the age of 15; adults (can be taken from the age of 15); and older adults (age 50 and up). Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora helps to protect against the penetration of bacteria,  parasites,  and  viruses,  Jolicoeur  advised.  "Did you know that the intestinal mucous membrane acts as the 'cornerstone' of your overall health? Two-thirds of the immunedefence cells in your body are found there.

‘Here we go, SteelerS’ football conteSt winner Connie Hudock of Punxsutawney was one of two entries guessing a total point score of 34 predicting  that the Steelers would defeat the Buffalo Bills.  Both entries guessed a total point score of 34 being  the  closest  to  the  correct  total points of 33. Connie’s was randomly picked from the correct entries to win her $25 gift certificate, which she will redeem at Laska's Pizza. You, too, can be a winner. Clip and complete the coupon appearing inside today to play  Play to win.  Clip, complete, and return the Steelers coupon appearing  in  Hometown  magazine. And,  as  always,  “Here  we  go,  Steelers.”  • • •

Therefore,  your  immune  system  is  enhanced when you take probiotics." Here's a tip: Jolicoeur recommends you start taking probiotics at least two weeks before the holiday season begins, so that your body will be well prepared to ward off the oncoming germ attacks. More information on the benefits of probiotics is available at probaclac.ca.   • • •

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Minn. "Junk," as Whitney proudly puts it, is becoming more acceptable in general. That's why more antique stores are morphing into vintage shops. "I'm very attracted to things that would be in a mantique section of a store," she said. "Mantiques can help take the lacy edge off a feminine look." Male shoppers outnumbered women this one recent afternoon at Hunt and Gather, a mantiquing mecca in Minneapolis. Inside, a silver serving plate held turtle shells for $16 apiece. Baby alligator heads --  teeth  intact  --  were  displayed  neatly across from a basket of old baseball mitts. Wooden water skis hung in the window and a collection of teacups sat atop an old medical stretcher. Turns out some mantiquers have a particular interest in quack medical equipment, such as doctor's kits and anesthesia devices. Lee Fisher, 31, of Minneapolis, was looking  for  a  unique  wedding  gift;  Tamer Schiller, 17, of Minneapolis, hunted down items to display in his college dorm room; and Cory Meyer, 45, of Minneapolis, was prowling for unusual pieces to spruce up his  wholesale  furniture-showroom  displays. "This is the antiquing for the new generation," Meyer said. Veteran mantiquers advise spending with discretion.  Too  much  mantiquing  could earn you a night or two of sleeping on the couch. "Much to my wife's chagrin, I'm usually looking  for  old,  heavy  things,"  said  Jim Kitchen,  45,  of  Woodbury,  Minn.,  who bought  four  lathes  in  one  month.  "I  also have  a  fairly  good-sized  G.I.  Joe  collection." Here's another tip. When scouring for junk with  your  friends,  be  prepared  for  some tough bartering -- both for your rare finds and with the partner in your life. "You have to use judicious foresight in regards to marital bliss," said Kitchen. "Set limits,  because  ideally  you  want  to  stay married." Kitchen has since gotten rid of three of the lathes. But he's holding on to the G.I. Joe collection. (Contact Aimee Blanchette at aimee.blanchette@startribune.com.) Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.) • • •

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November 21, 1869 — SHOW DAY -  Saturday last being the great day of the season for the circus in this place, is not likely soon to be forgotten. The show, as per bills, was reasonably good. Sabbath  afternoon,  all  was  bustle  on  the Square. The showmen were all busily engaged at work, taking down and packing up the canvass, etc., etc. In the evening a number of the wagons left town. We disapprove of this part of the programme, and think the authorities should put a stop to such proceedings on the Sabbath day, and add this much to the respectability and morality of our town. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer) November 20, 1895 — Next year Punxsutawney will have a boom - providing we get the iron works, and the B. R. & P. [railroad] is extended to Pittsburg, and the street railroad is extended to Adrian, and the pleasure park is constructed, and a market house is built on Market Space. (The Punxsutawney Spirit) December 6, 1893 — The Berwind-White Coal Company, operating mines at Horatio and Anita, posted notices on Thursday of last week of a reduction of 10 per cent. in wages, or 5 cents per ton for mining. The miners have held some meetings to talk the matter over and decide what to do. This company has been the last in this district to make a reduction. The miners are earning no more than what would barely earn the necessities of life. We understand the company will be asked to make reduction in the price of rent, and powder and oil. This reduction would no doubt be a measure of help to relieve the present distress among their men. (Punxsutawney News) December  6,  1907  —  Now  that  winter seems to be on in full blast the migrating of the “knights of the road” has been stopped somewhat. Just where the hoboes winter is a mystery, but it was not many years ago that the coke ovens at Walston sheltered about thirty  the  winter  through.    (The Punxsutawney Spirit) December 8, 1886 — Eight physicians are now in Punxsutawney; surely this ought to be a healthful place. (Valley News) • • •

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