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Revenge of the 50-Pound Turkey


by Amy Barnes


uring the interview for our feature story this month, turkey farmer Tim Stein mentioned that people do not want large turkeys any more. He is as puzzled as I am that his customers want only the smaller turkeys that weigh around 17 pounds. I was raised where you always had the biggest turkey possible. It was the star of the meal, with well-appreciated le overs enjoyed for a long time to come. There was one memorable year that we outdid ourselves on the farm. It became a Thanksgiving of legend that was discussed every Thanksgiving a erward. We had a bronze tom turkey. He was gorgeous with the customary shiny rainbow colors on his deep brown feathers. When he puffed up and the sun was out, it was quite a show. He always was ready for a gobbling contest. The problem was, though, that Tom (one of our less imaginative names) liked to stand on the hen turkeys. This is not uncommon in turkey world, but Tom was so heavy that he was causing terrible injuries to the hens. Hard as we tried, we could not get him to stop the habit, nor could we keep him from his hens because he tried to thrash himself to death on the fencing to get back to them. We were le no choice, and the decision was made that he would be our Thanksgiving turkey that year. When Tom was dressed out, which means that he was like the turkeys found in the grocery store, he weighed a whopping 50 pounds. My mother and aunt didn’t even know

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how to cook a turkey that large. It was quickly obvious they were once again in over their heads. They had trouble finding a roasting pan to put him in. Once they finally managed to squeeze him into a pan, sort of, he would not fit in the oven. There was a very long discussion on what to do to get that turkey cooked. My mother was one who always insisted on having the whole, golden bird on the table. They finally started cooking him at midnight on Thanksgiving eve, with the oven door open by about two inches and aluminum foil around the gap. He finished cooking around noon the next day, just as the oven thermostat went kaput. Luckily, the pies already had been baked! My grandparents were visiting from New Jersey that year. My Czech grandmother spent most of the holiday giving advice on the many ways to save and serve turkey. My grandfather simply ate. We forced, I mean, encouraged them to take some turkey home on the plane with them. Knowing my grandmother, she offered turkey sandwiches to other passengers on the plane.The new oven was installed a few months later. Happy Thanksgiving to all! May your dinner be wonderful, your turkey be large, and those around your table know how loved they are.


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The Reading Nook

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Joyful Word Search


Little Truths

by Christopher Barnes

A stun gun, lots of shouting, and a free ride in a police car, will Cam ever find Lea?

Turkey Farm Trot

We found a turkey farm, now you find the words! Tales of a Mold Warrior

Moisture Migration by Paul McHam

Water vapor wants to go from where it is to where it is not and mold is happy to follow. Investing Intelligence: Secrets of a Mortgage Banker

Student Loans can Become Barriers by Rich Bailey

It might sound good at the time, but deferred student loan payments can cause problems in the future.

Hannah talks to Tim.




Bicentennial Bites


Adventures of Daring Danielle


The Networker

Family and Heritage by Amy Barnes

A love of biology that led to a focus on genetics, which led to a question, combined with a love of cooking, and a turkey farm was hatched!


Baked Turkey Casserole by C.L. Gammon

A delicious way to use those turkey (or chicken) and ham le overs.

Technology Fail by Danielle Litton

Sometimes technology is amazing, and sometimes not so much.

Breaking the Ice by Bob Arnold

Do your opening questions seem to fail? Learn about the ones that succeed. Bite Me!

Make Ahead French Toast Casserole by Amy Barnes

Enjoy family time, set this up the night before and pop in the oven the next morning.

Oh, Snap!

photos by FlashBang Photography

Take a look at what we found in our lens!


It Started In A Closet by Kent Von Der Vellen

ON THE COVER: From left, Jennifer, Hannah and Tim Stein surrounded by their flock at Stein Farm.

Cold students were desperate for warm clothing, so one woman opened her closet door.


Let's Do It!

Gobble up these great activities before they are gone!


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by Amy Barnes photos by FlashBang Photography

t all started with a love of biology that evolved into the study of genetics and morphed into a small local turkey farm. The love of biology started when Hannah Stein was in high school. As she learned more about biology, the more she became fascinated by genetics. At the same time, her father, Tim, who has a love of cooking, was looking for a turkey different from what is found in grocery stores. He had read in a magazine about Bourbon Red turkeys, a rare heritage bird, and wanted to try to cook one. “We can raise those,“ Hannah said, with confidence. She had raised pheasants previously but was about to learn that she had a hidden talent when it came to turkeys. That was when her father and she hatched a plan to raise the small turkey breed that was named a er Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it originated in the late 1800s. Bourbon Reds have the leaner look of wild

One of the bronze turkeys at Stein Farm.

Hannah feeds Tim, right, and a bronze turkey.

turkeys and the meat has more a nutty flavor, Tim said. There also is more collagen in the meat because they grow slower than other meatier turkeys. They found they have a knack for raising the birds. Hannah likes to sit and listen to the birds talk. She has done it so much that not only can she talk turkey, she also can decipher it and tell others what her beloved turkeys are saying. Beloved, those turkeys are. The sparkle in Hannah’s eyes and huge grin clearly show her feelings as she effortlessly scoops up Tim, the resident tom turkey and cradles him. He lays his head against her and they talk so ly to each other, both in turkey, while her father beams. “She’s like a turkey whisperer,” says her father, in awe. Her mother, Jennifer Stein, nods in agreement. She does not feel the same connection to the turkeys as her daughter does, but her eyes twinkle when she watches Hannah move among the turkeys, talking to them in their own language.

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Tim added that the turkeys and Hannah seemed to bond immediately and there have been no regrets to the family’s venture on their Granger Township farm. “We definitely have our love for them,“ said Jennifer. Although, they all three agree that the fourth member of the family, 18-year-old Christopher, is afraid of the turkeys and wants nothing to do with them. Tim turkey has lived on the farm since he arrived as a hatchling about 4 years go. He is a permanent resident and oversees his flock with his one good eye. “We think he had a stroke before he got to us,” Hannah explains. She said he was partially paralyzed when he arrived, but they watched him improve until he took his throne as the king of the flock. They order hatchlings each spring. The birds are shipped as soon as they hatch because they can live 72 hours from hatching to first feeding and watering. They arrive on the Stein Farm about 24 hours old. When the chicks arrive from Polk, Ohio, Tim turkey gathers them under his wings to protect them and keep them warm, whether they want under his wings or not. The family laughs when recalling times that it has been too warm under Tim’s wings for the chicks and they try to get away from him, but he does not let them. Three other turkeys, all hens, have been granted permanent resident status, as well. They are Ollie, Tim turkey’s daughter; Veronica; and Featherhead, so named because of the odd sticking-up feathers she had on her head as a chick. The turkeys are pasture raised, which is much different than free-range, Tim explained. Free-range birds are raised loose in a barn instead of in cages. Pasture raised means the turkeys are kept outside and can graze grass and enjoy the sun and fresh air.


Tim puffs up despite being in a partial molt.

This, of course, means that the enclosure for the turkeys must be portable so as the turkeys graze the grass down, the pen can be moved to taller grass. The large enclosure is moved weekly. The Steins raise 40 turkeys at a time and want to keep it at that limit because any more would mean adding another cage that also would have to be relocated once a week. There are buildings for the turkeys to roost in at night to protect them from predators. As long as the turkeys have food and water and no predator startles them, they stay contentedly in their enclosure. Hannah and Tim laugh when remembering one of the times the turkeys escaped and went to their neighbor’s house. When the turkeys saw the Steins’ neighbor, they thought he would have food for them, so they started racing up the driveway toward the man. At first, the neighbor was excited because he thought he was seeing a flock of wild turkeys coming up his driveway, until they started running toward him. He was terrified by the time the Steins caught up to the turkeys and rounded them up for the trek home. continued, Page 6


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Escapes are not the only battle to face when raising turkeys, there also are various predators waiting for a chance to taste turkey. Among the predators that battle for the turkeys are coyotes, raccoons and hawks. One year, turkey chicks kept disappearing. Hannah and her father could not find any sign of them. Then one day there was a strong wind when Hannah was standing in a group of pine trees that is close to the pen, and what was le of the chicks came raining down around her. That did not change her mind about raising turkeys, but it did give them a clue as to what had happened. She said it was evidence it was a raccoon that was taking the chicks because that is the most likely predator to have stored the chicks like that. “This year, we’ve lost a quarter of our flock to coyotes and hawks,” Tim said, wistfully. He said that even when everything is done to protect the turkeys, there are still losses. Their mentor, who is an Amish turkey farmer,

told Tim that he had started with 200 birds that decreased to 60 birds because of coyotes. “It’s very hard to pasture raise,” said Tim. The Steins added bronze turkeys to the mix this year. The bronzes are faster growing and have brown feathers with a copper and rainbow hue to their feathers. While the Bourbon Red turkeys are sleek, curious, active, and graze heavily for their food, bronze turkeys are less likely to move around, gain weight faster, and graze little. The Bourbon Red and the bronze turkey chicks are raised together. They start out in the garage with a heat lamp upon their arrival at the farm. They then graduate to the outbuildings with covered dog runs. A er that, it is into the pen with the resident turkeys showing them the ropes. “You need the adult birds with the young ones,” Tim said. He said the older birds keep the younger ones together and settled in the pen.

Tim, a Bourbon Red turkey and ruler of the roost, is very proud of his hat and likes to show it off to the other turkeys. He makes it clear that he thinks the other turkeys are jealous.

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Tim turkey works very hard to keep his flock in line, using a variety of threatening moves including puffing up his feathers, making threatening noises, and using force and his spurs, if necessary. It does not usually get to that extreme, however. “He just gives them the eye,” said Hannah, with a smile. When all expenses and time are added up, the Steins do not make much, if any, money raising the turkeys. However, it is evident by their happy faces and sparkling eyes that they do it for the love of turkeys and the joy it brings them to provide their customers the rare treat of enjoying a pastureraised bird. The Steins also are members of Local Harvest and the Slow Food Movement, both of which promote buying food grown locally and naturally. Instead of antibiotics, the Steins add a special herbal blend to the turkeys’ water which keeps away disease and strengthens the turkeys’ immune systems. They are fed watermelon, peanuts, and an allnatural food made in Marion, Ohio. Tim says watermelon is their favorite, but not as much as peanuts are. “They love their peanuts, that’s turkey crack,” Tim said, laughing, as he was surrounded by turkeys anxious for more peanuts. Hannah added, “They love little crabapples.” When slaughter time comes, 20 to 40 turkeys at a time are rounded up and put in crates. Then they are taken to the Amish for processing. The processing facility is USDA inspected. The turkeys are shrink wrapped and frozen because a fresh turkey would last only eight days. “It’s a safety thing,” Tim said. “We ship quite a few out of state.” Customers have learned to reserve turkeys early so they do not miss out. The Steins have a lot of Chinese and Vietnamese customers because the turkeys taste very close to the same as to what they are accustomed to in their homelands. It costs approximately $50 to raise a bird to processing day and $30 per bird for processing.


They charge their customers $4.50 a pound for the bronze turkeys and $6.50 a pound for the Bourbon Reds. Tim said that most of their customers want birds that weigh around 17 pounds, bigger birds are rarely requested. While Hannah works the turkey farm with her father, she also attends Baldwin-Wallace University with the help of academic scholarships, plays on the lacrosse team, and li s weights every day at 5 a.m. A 2016 Highland High School graduate, Hannah started her college career pursuing a degree in biology. But the more she thought about being confined in a lab all day, the less the career choice appealed to her. She became more interested in a career like her mother’s, who works with pharmaceutical companies in a sourcing advisory position. The job entails extensive travel while analyzing bids to consolidate information technology systems for very large, international companies. Hannah changed her major to international business and is in the top 4 percent of students at Baldwin Wallace. She is almost fluent in Chinese and has spent time in China. She is hoping for an internship with the J.M. Smucker Company. “She’s very bright, she’s like her mom,” Tim said, beaming with pride. Her mother and she are involved in The Trailblazers, a volunteer group that that patrols the Cuyahoga National Park and aid the park rangers. Hannah is the youngest to ever be accepted to the group. The group has approximately 70 members, with eight on horseback and the rest on foot or bicycles. Hannah and Jennifer’s horses that they ride on patrol must be assessed every year for health and temperament. Group members must have background checks and training in CPR and first aid. Tim is a self-described stay-at-home dad. Hannah’s brother, Christopher, works at Eddy’s Bike Shop in Fairlawn.


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See any fairies? Toadstools were popping up all around Northeast Ohio in the late summer and early fall, as have cases of people being poisoned by eating them, mistaking them for being edible. Never eat mushrooms or toadstools that have not been approved by an expert.

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The Highland Library Bicentennial Ice Cream Social featured the musical talents of the Palos Hills Boys, Mike Harris, le , and Eric Lucius.


Area trees were just starting to turn color in mid-October at River Styx Park in Wadsworth.

Zydeco music filled the stage at Wadsworth Senior High School. Performing at the ORMACO event were, from le , Joe Golden, Will Douglas, Jen Maurer, Leigh Ann Wise, Darren Thompson, and Anthony Papaleo.

Enjoying a zydeco dance lesson are, from le , Venaya Jones, Barb Gargiub, Linda Randall, Mo' Mojo lead singer Jen Maurer, Jeanne Franklin, and Alexandra Petrak.

Barb Gargiub and Sam Rettman dance to zydeco music.

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CHAPTER 19 The view at the top of Big Ben was incredible. We could see all of London from the small ledge we were standing on, including the airport we’d arrived at and the park where we’d left our suitcases. It was like staring down at the world from a heavenly throne. The three of us were speechless, and we stood there quietly for awhile, just trying to take it all in. “I can see why your dad proposed up here,” Devin whispered, wary of breaking the silence. I glanced at Marissa to see how she was reacting, only to find her holding the receipt from the Mexican restaurant we ate at, and, strangely enough, writing on it. I frowned but didn’t make any sort of comment about it. She knew what she was doing, and although I was curious, I knew she’d tell me if she wanted to. “I never want to leave,” I said quietly, just before there were pounding footsteps behind and below us. “Well, we’re going to have to. And it might be in handcuffs,” Devin said, peeking behind the door and shutting it quickly. He looked around the small area we were standing in, searching for some other way down short of jumping, and found none. The only way back down were the steps that the officers were on. We didn’t really have a choice in the matter of how we got down. We just had to wait for them to reach us and accept whatever they were going to do. The door behind us opened, and two officers emerged, with the tour guide right behind them. She was

frowning at us, hard. “There!” she said, pointing at us as if she was pointing out the murderer at a crime scene. “Alright, come on. Time to go down,” the taller officer said as he reached toward me. “OK, OK, sorry,” I said, ambling over to him. Devin followed, but Marissa was still busy writing whatever it was that she was writing. “Marissa?” I called to her. “One sec!” she called back, frantically writing on the receipt as if her life depended on it. “No. You’re coming with us right now. You’re not allowed up here,” the shorter officer said, walking toward Marissa while the first officer held Devin’s and my arms. “Hold on!” she whined, still writing. “Ma’am, I’m going to have to ask you to come with me right this instant, or else I will use force to get you down,” the officer said, standing over her. She carefully hid whatever she was writing from the officer, but otherwise ignored him. “Marissa! Come on!” Devin yelled at her. I hadn’t thought of what this meant for Devin until that moment. His dad was part of the CIA, and if Devin went to a British prison, there’s no telling what kind of hell would rain down on his dad. “Just give me a minute!” she yelled back. That was when the shorter officer roughly grabbed her left arm and pulled her away from where she was standing toward us. She started struggling and shouting immediately, fighting back as if the officer were trying to hurt her.

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Unfortunately for her, he thought the receipt she’d written on in my didn’t have anyone to call. I stood there, frozen, staring at she was trying to hurt him, and the pocket, but I didn’t know how to next thing I knew, Marissa was on give it back without her getting mad this old phone from the 1980s, the floor, with her fingers twitching at me, and I definitely wasn’t about wishing I had someone, anyone, to call. I could feel the woman’s eyes violently, and a bit of drool coming to just pull it out and read it. out of her mouth. “Would any of you like to call on my back, and, panicking, pulled “What was that for?!” I screamed someone?” the older woman asked, out my phone to look for some number I could call just so I at the officer as he put away his stun after she had put away some wouldn’t seem suspicious. I went to gun. paperwork. “I warned her that I would use I was about to answer her when my recent calls, and just blindly force if I had to. Now come on. Devin stood up and walked to her stared at the one number I had We’re going to have to take you in,” desk. “Yeah, where’s the phone?” recently in my phone. I picked up the phone and dialed he replied, picking up Marissa’s She pointed it out to him and he the number in my phone. It rang body and carrying her back inside. pulled it off the wall angrily. It At least he would have to be the one bothered me that it seemed to be a several times, and then went to an automated voicemail. I tried again, to carry her down all those steps. It phone from decades ago. was something like justice for Devin made a point of glaring at hoping for something like a miracle, Marissa getting stunned. me as he dialed the number, and then but nobody answered. Maybe Lea’s call had been a I was able to grab the receipt she he turned his back on me. I felt was writing on before we went back awful about the whole thing, and I figment of my imagination. Maybe Lea didn’t even exist. Maybe it was inside the tower, but I didn’t have just wanted to apologize to both time to read it. I figured I’d have Devin and Marissa, but they weren’t just some auditory hallucination due to the recent trauma I’d endured. time later though, considering they going to listen. I hung up the phone and returned were taking us in and there was no to the chair I’d been sitting in. telling how long we’d sit in the It was quite a while before he Marissa and Devin were both police station just waiting. hung up, and when he did he looking at me now, but neither said a I caught a glimpse of Devin as returned with puffy eyes and word. we began our descent, and he didn’t red cheeks. They hated me. look happy. He looked like he was My best friend and girlfriend about ready to kill me, and he had hated me, my dad was dead, my little every right to. I’d screwed him over, I heard blips of Devin’s and gotten Marissa stunned, just conversation, “Yeah…sorry…I said sister was a figment of my imagination, and my mom was gone. because I wanted to be the hero for I was sorry,” and I couldn’t even her. imagine how furious his father was I had no one. I was alone. I sat there listening to my own “Sorry,” I tried to whisper to with him. It was quite a while Devin. But he ignored me. After that before he hung up, and when he did heartbeat, with tears streaming down I stayed quiet all the way down the he returned with puffy eyes and red my cheeks, in absolute misery. I steps, into the police car, and to the cheeks. He still said nothing to me thought about the last time I’d felt this alone and remembered how station where they brought us in and though. checked our IDs. Marissa stood and made her call much slicing my fingertips had An older woman told us to sit before I had even looked away from helped. I swallowed my tears, stood up, tight on the soft red chairs near the Devin. She returned in a bit better and asked the older woman if I could front desk, and we did as we were shape than him, but she was still use the restroom. told. By this time Marissa was very upset. “Hmm? Oh, yes. It’s over there conscious again, but just as silent as It wasn’t until I was standing in Devin was. I didn’t feel right holding front of the phone that I realized I on the right,” she said, pointing. continued, Page 12

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I nodded and headed into the bathroom. I slipped into a stall and sat on the toilet seat fully clothed. Sadly, I didn’t have any sort of blade on me at the moment, so I shoved my hands in my pockets to see if I had anything sharp to use instead. My hand wrapped around a crumpled paper and I pulled out the receipt Marissa had been writing on. Thinking nothing of it, I unwrapped it to see what she could’ve possibly written on it, and I found a poem. A poem that I read in the stall of a bathroom of a police station in London, that made me rethink what I was about to do.

Looking out over London, I see what they saw All those years ago. Back when they let anyone Climb to the top Of this incredible behemoth. I see the homes of the many, The businesses of few. I see the birds soaring calmly, Looking for some place new To lay their nests, to build their homes, To make a family to call their own. I see the people on the street, And the clouds in the sky. I see the grand River Thames As time slowly passes by. Yet I also hear shouts Of the officers on the stairs,

On their way to take us To a police station somewhere. And I find myself in a moment Of unending eternity That will be over soon, Yet live on indefinitely.

Our story continues next month! Christopher Barnes is a graduate of Medina High School/Medina County Career Center and The Ohio State University. Find his stories of realistic fiction and magical realism at

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1 4 Joy of Medina County Magazine | November 2018 TALES OF A MOLD WARRIOR

Moisture Migration by Paul McHam In the last article, I was explaining how important proper attic ventilation is to avoiding mold growth. Unfortunately, there are many other causes of mold in an attic. Ventilation is critical, but there are instances where appropriate ventilation cannot overcome some of the other problems. For example, assume ventilation is close to acceptable in a home, but the basement is always wet. Water vapor or relative humidity is one of the most migratory things on the planet. It wants to go from where it is to where it is not. All water wants to migrate from wet to dry. So, if the foundation is allowing enough moisture to leak in, that moisture will rise through the intervening ceilings and floor decks like they were not even there and it will freeze on the roof deck in the winter. Eventually, a brief thaw will allow that frost to melt and the moisture on the underside of the roof deck becomes 100 percent saturation, perfect for mold growth. It is common sense that leaks around chimney flashings, failed caulking around chimneys, valleys and failed caulking around them, static vents, skylights with failed caulking, the joining of a lower roof to the side of a structure, or any other roof joint or penetration can allow water entry and thus mold. The manner in which a roof is assembled is key as well. Drip edges and the thick rubber membrane referred to as an ice guard should always be a part of just about any roof. The soit vent to ridge vent form of ventilation is the best, although ventilation options become important for certain roofs like a hip roof, where all of the sides of the roof slope downward to the walls and have no gables or vertical sides. Pick a good roofer, not a cheap roofer. You generally get exactly what you pay for! Next time we will get into some detail on the basement and foundation. Why is the basement such a frequent growth area for mold? Paul McHam is a local expert on mold remediation. For more information, visit his website at and his Facebook page Moldsporewars or call 330-6582600.


Student Loans Can Become Barriers by Rich Bailey In mortgage lending, one of the barriers to home ownership is student loan debt. Many college graduates are carrying student loan debt between $30,000 and $150,000. Income-based repayment schedules and forbearance make student loans more aordable but delay the payback and increase the interest charged. Young people are not being educated enough about the impact that these debts will have on them later in life. Students are given loans to live on while they go to school. That sounds great while they are living on them, but the compound interest will likely double the loan or more before they are paid in full, causing a financial burden for years to come. The rules for mortgage lending have changed many times for how payments are calculated for debit ratio. For the past couple of years, the general rule has been to use 1 percent of the outstanding balance as the payment. That makes sense because back when $0 was used as a payment on deferred loans, home buyers would buy homes at their maximum debt ratios. When their student loan payments kicked in, they found themselves in financial peril. This resulted in mortgages and student loans going into default. However, using one percent of the balance also keeps younger people, who are in the beginning of their careers, from buying homes. Beginning November 1, Freddy Mac began allowing lenders to use 0.5 percent of the outstanding balance or the payment on the credit report, whichever is higher, as the payment for calculating debt ratios. Homeownership is one of the best ways for individuals to build wealth. If you know people who were locked out of buying a home due to student loan debt, let them know of the rule change or share this article with them. Happy house hunting! Rich Bailey is a licensed mortgage loan originator with First Security Mortgage Corporation and has 15 years of conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA mortgage financing experience for purchase and refinance transactions. Contact Bailey at or by calling 330-571-2692. First Security Mortgage Corporation 15887 Snow Road, Suite 200 Brook Park, OH 44142 NMLS 258602, 289425 MB.802718, LO.015405

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Baked Turkey Casserole by C.L. Gammon

In honor of Medina and Medina County’s bicentennials, Joy Magazine will be publishing a recipe each month based on recipes from the same approximate period as when the two were founded. Enjoy! 4 tablespoons butter 2 medium green peppers, cut in strips 6 tablespoons flour 3 cups hot chicken stock 1 pound cooked turkey, cut in strips ¼ pound baked ham, cut in strips 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce ¼ teaspoon ground pepper 1 cup milk 10 ounces thin noodles 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 6 crushed saltine crackers

Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan. Add green peppers and simmer, covered, for five minutes. Add flour, stir well. Add chicken stock, bring to a boil. Cook sauce for 5 minutes or until smooth. Add turkey, ham, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and ground pepper. Bring to a second boil. Gradually add milk while stirring, cook for five minutes. Cook noodles 7 minutes and drain. Place noodles in greased shallow casserole dish. Top with turkey mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and cracker crumbs. Bake in 375-degree oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Happy Thanksgiving!

Recipes are reproduced with permission from “A Revolutionary War Cookbook (and More)” by C.L. Gammon, an award-winning and internationally known bestselling author. To see Gammon’s books, go to https://

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Technology Fail by Danielle Litton Our apologies to fans of Danielle’s column. At press time she was in the Philippines with a very limited, unreliable Internet connection and was unable to send her column for this month. We hope she will have better Internet connections for next month’s column. Danielle Litton has an energetic, adventurous spirit and is always ready to jump into her next escapade. Friends know she will be ready to hit the road with them within minutes of their call. To see more of her travel pictures, please go to Following any or all of the suggestions made in this column is done so at your own risk.


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Breaking the Ice by Bob Arnold “So, what do you do?” or “Where do you work?” are very common questions that people ask when they meet at a networking event. I loathe those questions! “That’s exactly what I was asked by most of the people I met last night!” said Kim. We were discussing the importance of treating people like people, rather than as businesses, like so many do at business networking events. It is common to focus on where a person works instead of how they help others. That is a key point: helping others! Usually, when I ask networkers how they help people as they work, I get very different answers than a job title and company name. They tend to talk more about their work with a smile. This is an open-ended way of creating a dialogue with a person. The two questions at the top of the column are closed questions. You answer, then you stop talking. If you are interested in knowing the person you just met, you want to ask them openended questions, then listen to the answers and ask more questions based on what they say. You will be able to tell who is a good networking partner for you very quickly by using this one strategy in your opening dialogue. Here are some open-ended question options: What kind of business are you in to help people? What field or industry do you serve? Whom could I possibly meet that you would like to know? The main point: open up the dialogue. Networking conversations are about getting to know each other, not complaining about weather, bosses, customers, or jobs. You will find, at the end of the event, that you have had a very engaging experience with a few people. Bob Arnold is the founder of ONward Networking and the international best-selling author of “The Uncanny Power of the Networking Pencil,” which can be purchased at More networking tips are available at “Bob’s Pencil Points” blog at or by contacting Arnold at

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GEMS It Started in the Closet by Kent Von Der Vellen While working at a Wadsworth school, Marian Mochel would help students in need of hats, gloves and other clothing. She bought the clothing and asked friends to donate, then stored it all in a school closet. If a student needed clothing, they could to go to the closet and pick out what they needed. With Mochel as the founder of Wadsworth FISH, it was a natural in 2007 to add what had become known as Marian’s Closet. Wadsworth FISH was started in 1969 and provides financial assistance and the Adopt a Child or Family for Christmas program. Marian’s Closet is operated like a thri store. Families in need can shop for clothing and household items with dignity. However, unlike a regular store, no money is exchanged. Instead, chosen items are recorded in a database. The database is used to track and limit the number of items a family gets each month to ensure as many families as possible are helped. Families are asked to complete a co-op application and pay a $10 annual fee, if possible. Marian’s serves Medina County and surrounding areas, covering 200 zip codes. In 2016, Marian’s served 3,746 families; in 2017, 4,105 families; and it is expected to serve 4,800 families in 2018. Marian’s Closet relies solely on donations and fundraisers. Previously, they raised funds only through an annual golf outing in August. However, the growing need of area families has made it necessary to launch a fundraising campaign that will ask 400 individuals to donate $30 each. Executive director Ericha Fryfogle-Joy said, if successful, the campaign will allow Marian’s to provide basic hygiene and sanitary items and may allow them to consider a larger location. Marian’s is located at 154 East Street, Wadsworth, and the phone number is 330-336-3642. To learn more about Marian’s Closet and how to donate, go to or to Kent Von Der Vellen is a 20-year Medina resident. He has been a volunteer for various youth sports teams, is a member of the Medina Lions club, and, with his wife, Kim, founded the Jakob F. Von Der Vellen Memorial Foundation. Contact Von Der Vellen by emailing or by calling 330-421-0863. Learn what other area non-profits need by visiting Giving Hearts at


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Make-Ahead French Toast Casserole by Amy Barnes •½ cup margarine or butter •2 cups dark brown sugar •1 teaspoon cinnamon •1 teaspoon vanilla •1 teaspoon ground cardamom •1 teaspoon nutmeg •1 generous tablespoon dried and grated orange peel •8 to 12 slices of bread •8 eggs •Pinch of salt •2 cups of milk

Melt butter. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, orange peel. Mix well, pour into 9x13 pan. Spread to cover bottom of pan evenly. Place bread slices on top, with another layer of bread on top of the first. Beat together eggs, salt and milk. Pour carefully over bread. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. In the morning, remove plastic wrap, place in oven (do not pre-heat oven if using a glass pan) and bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Check to be sure not gummy and cooked through. Note: It usually takes mine more than an hour to bake. It once accidentally baked for almost 2 hours (well, we got to talking and then the dog had to be walked and so forth) and while it was tough around the outermost edges, it had a nice combination of crispiness and so ness. My best advice is to figure on an hour and half but keep checking it every 10 minutes or so a er the first hour of baking.

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hours or call 330-241-5990.

Men Make Dinner Day

6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Medina Lions 75th Anniversary Dinner; Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, 50;/2525 rafffle. Tickets, $35 per person. Contact Kent Von Der Vellen for tickets, 330-421-0863, or e-mail

Sunday, November 4

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Camp Wired; Medina Computer Lab, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Learn and refresh computer skills. Ages 55 plus. Call for topics, 330-725-0588. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shop to Share With Cups Café; The Raspberry and The Rose, 241 S. Court Street, Medina. Cups Café receives 20 percent of total sales. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Master Gardener Decaf Coffee Chat; OSU Extension Office, Professional Building, 120 W. Washington Street, Medina. $5 For topic, more information, and to register go to

Friday, November 2 Look for Circles Day 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Side Dish Food Drive; Cool Beans Café, 103 Liberty Street, Medina, and Medina County Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square, Medina. Accepting donations of side dish canned and boxed foods. To see pictures of types accepted, go to 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Master Gardener Coffee Chat; OSU Extension Office, Professional Building, 120 W. Washington Street, Medina. $5 For topic, more information, and to register go to 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bluegrass Jam and Dinner; Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Medina. Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Donation admission $3, dinner is additional donation request. Bring favorite dessert to share. Bluegrass bands welcome, arrive early to be

Saturday, November 3 Book Lovers Day and Sandwich Day 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fragrant Door Swag Workshop; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Use seasonal mix of natural materials and herbs to create door swag. Supplies provided. $25 per person. Register at 10:30 a.m. Musical Storytime; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina. Move, groove, sing along. Register at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations. 1 p.m. Cut the Cable; Lodi Library, 635 Wooster Street, Lodi. Learn about all of the non-cable TV options, bring mobile device. Lecture-style class. Register at 2:30 p.m. Mary Beth Ions, Violinist; Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Around the world musical tour. Register at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cups Café Fall Reception; Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. Benefits Cups Café. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, raffle baskets. Tickets $25 per person, $50 per couple, $250 table sponsor (10 tickets). Limited tickets available. Tickets at Cups Café during business

Common Sense Day 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eyes on the Skies; Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Medina. Naturalist-led hike to search for eagles and other birds. Free.

Monday, November 5 Guy Fawkes Day 7 p.m. Expungement Clinic; Recovery Center of Medina County, 538 W. Liberty, Medina. Public defender explains how expungement laws are changing and the benefits. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Veterans Roundtable; Medina Library, Community Rooms A and B, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Veterans’ stories of survival. Featured speaker: Ray Hewitt, U.S. Army. All Ages. No registration.

Tuesday, November 6 Saxophone Day 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Creative Concoctions for Preschoolers; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Mysterious mixtures and marvelous messes. All supplies provided, come dressed for mess. Free. Ages 3 to 6. Register by November 5, for 10 a.m. or for 1 p.m. 10 a.m. to noon. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Terrific Tuesdays: Cra y Cornucopia ; Lodi Library, 635 Wooster Street, Lodi. Make cornucopia cra . Register at

Joy of Medina County Magazine | November 2018 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party; Medina Library, 201 S. Broadway, Medina. Grades 3 to 5. Register at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Lodi Library, 635 Wooster Street, Lodi. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations.

Wednesday, November 7 Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Successful CoParenting; Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth. Hosted by OSU Extension, Medina County. Knowledge, strategies, awareness, skills to help children adjust to divorce or separation. Free.

Thursday, November 8 Tongue Twister Day 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Camp Wired; Medina Computer Lab, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Learn and refresh computer skills. Ages 55 plus. Call for topics, 330-725-0588. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shop to Share; Raspberry and The Rose, 241 S. Court Street, Medina. 20 percent of purchases donated to Friends of MCDL 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brunswick Library, Legal Resource Center; 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Domestic Relations Court volunteers help those not represented by a lawyer in family court. First come, first served 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Common Connection: TED Talk Conversations Money and Happiness; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Watch and discuss two TED Talks. Register at

Friday, November 9 Chaos Never Dies Day (We would not mind if it at least slept sometimes!) 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4th Annual Art With a Heart for Children; Blue Heron Brewery and Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina. Benefits The Children’s Center of


Medina County. Art preview, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music start at 5:30 p.m.; auction starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $50 per person, includes drink ticket. Tickets at

James Banks, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the end of a World War and how its a ermath impacts the modern world.

5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bluegrass Jam and Dinner; Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Medina. Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Donation admission $3, dinner is additional donation request. Bring favorite dessert to share. Bluegrass bands welcome, arrive early to be scheduled.

Origami Day and Veteran’s Day

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Medina City Schools Foundation Dinner and Dessert Auction; Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville. Dinner from The Oaks; cocktails, desserts by area bakers. Cocktails, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner, music, and auction, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $85 at

Saturday, November 10 Forget-Me-Not Day and USMC Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 17th Annual Nature Art Fest; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Show and sale. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Preview; Seville. Tree lighting, music, food, decorations. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations. Noon to 5 p.m. It’s Time to Feed the Birds; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Learn what bird feeders and birdseed works best. Displays, cra s, games. All ages. Free. 1 p.m. Medina Bicentennial: World War I, Medina, George Crile and the Founding of the Cleveland Clinic; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Presented by

Sunday, November 11

9 a.m. Candlelight Walk Decorating; Public Square, Medina. Need volunteers to decorate the square. Everyone is welcome to help. 10:45 a.m. Medina Bicentennial: Observation of the Actual Anniversary of End of World War I; Public Square, Medina. Free, public invited. Noon to 4 p.m. 17th Annual Nature Art Fest; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Show and sale. Noon to 5 p.m. It’s Time to Feed the Birds; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Learn what bird feeders and birdseed works best. Displays, cra s, games. All ages. Free.

Monday, November 12 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Baby Footprint Art; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Paint special message with your baby. Ages birth to 24 months. Register at

Tuesday, November 13 World Kindness Day and Sadie Hawkins Day

Wednesday, November 14 Operating Room Nurse Day

2 2 Joy of Medina County Magazine | November 2018 scheduled. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Natural Discoveries Program: Nature Through the Seasons; Plum Creek Park South, 2500 Plum creek Parkway, Brunswick Hills. Easy walks, part of award-based hiking series. Ages 7 and up. Free. No registration. Call 330-722-9364 for more details. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feeding Medina County 4th Annual Turkey Drive; Medina County Courthouse, 93 Public Square, Medina. Drop off turkey(s) or cash donations in the parking lot behind the courthouse. Entrances are on East Washington Street and East Liberty Street. Each donor is entered to win a $200 Buehler’s gi card.

Thursday, November 15 Clean Out Your Fridge Day and Use Less Stuff Day and if you use less stuff, you will not have to clean out your fridge! 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Camp Wired; Medina Computer Lab, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Learn and refresh computer skills. Ages 55 plus. Call for topics, 330-725-0588. 5:30 pm. to 9 p.m. Jingle Bell Gala; Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina. Benefits Brunswick Rotary Foundation. Cost $35 per person. Contact Marsha Pappalardo, 216-410-4844.

Friday, November 16 Button Day and Have a Party With Your Bear Day 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 34th Annual Medina Candlelight Walk; Public Square, Medina. Square and tree lighting. Through November 18. 5 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov.18 Lighting the Way to Recovery; Serenite Restaurant, 538 W. Liberty Street, Medina. Celebration of the graduation of the first class of the culinary institute. Special dishes featured in restaurant. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bluegrass Jam and Dinner; Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Medina. Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Donation admission $3, dinner is additional donation request. Bring favorite dessert to share. Bluegrass bands welcome, arrive early to be

Saturday, November 17 National Adoption Day , Homemade Bread Day and World Peace Day 9:30 a.m. to noon. Basket Weaving 101: Christmas Basket; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. All materials provided. Ages 12 and up. Fee: $17 per basket. Register by November 9, 2018, by calling Betty Rettig, 330-9754251. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. K-9 Kapers; Lake Medina, State Route 18, Medina. Socialize dogs while hiking. Dogs must be on 8-foot non-retractable leash. Bring towel for muddy feet and water bowl for dog. All ages. Free. No registration. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations. Noon to 5 p.m. It’s Time to Feed the Birds; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Learn what bird feeders and birdseed works best. Displays, cra s, games. All ages. Free. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pinterest Projects: Giving Thanks; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Make-and-take cra s to decorate your home for the holidays or give as gi . Materials provided. Free. Register at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 34th Annual Medina Candlelight Walk; Public Square, Medina. Mr. and Miss Main Street Medina Pageant, Parade of Lights, Fireworks. Through November 18.

Sunday, November 18 Push Button Phone Day 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ORMACO Party Bus: Les Miserables; bus leaves from Buehler’s River Styx, 3616 Medina Road, Medina. Includes catered box lunch, wine, cookies, chocolates, trivia quiz, more. Tickets $105 for bus and orchestra seating, $75 bus and balcony seating, $60 orchestra seating only, $45 balcony seating only, plus credit card fees. Tickets at or call 330-7222541.

Noon to 5 p.m. It’s Time to Feed the Birds; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Learn what bird feeders and birdseed works best. Displays, cra s, games. All ages. Free. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 34th Annual Medina Candlelight Walk; Public Square, Medina. Square and tree lighting. Caroling, Memory Tree, concert. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Squirrels; Allardale West Parking Lot, 401 Remsen Road, Medina. Learn about all types of squirrels, from flying to ground hogs. Award-based hiking program. Free. Ages 7 to adult. No registration. For more information, call 330-722-9364.

Monday, November 19 National Blow Bagpipes Day 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Quilting for Warm Up Medina County; Sew Much Happens, 445 W. Liberty Street, Suite 223, Medina. Bring 100-percent cotton fabric. Bring machine, if possible. Learn how to sew for free while making quilts for those in need. For more information, call 330-6483335. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scrapbooking; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Create four pages. Supply fee: $8. Bring adhesives. Register at https://

Tuesday, November 20 National Absurdity Day 10 a.m. to noon. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations. 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Get to Know Your Parks…Princess Ledges! 4361 Spruce Avenue, Brunswick Hills. All ages. Free. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Lodi Library, 635 Wooster Street, Lodi. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations.

Wednesday, November 21 World Hello Day

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Thursday, November 22 Go for a Ride Day

Friday, November 23 Fibonacci Day , Buy Nothing Day and You’re Welcome Day

7 p.m. Symphony of Thanksgiving; Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina. Tickets at the door. Adults, $12; senior citizens, $10; students, $6.

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Otaku Tuesdays; Medina Community Room A, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Teen anime, cosplay, learn about Japanese culture, more.

Sunday, November 25

Wednesday, November 28

National Parfait Day

French Toast Day (Celebrate by making the recipe in this month’s Bite Me! column.) and Red Planet Day https://

Monday, November 26

Saturday, November 24

Cake Day

Evolution Day or All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day and Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Movie Monday! Buckeye Community Room, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Popcorn, pillows, movie. Grade levels 6 and up. Free. No registration

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday Card Making; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Make cards for any holiday. Separate adult and children stations. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations.


Tuesday, November 27 Pins and Needles Day 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Southwest Health Screening; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Blood pressure and glucose screening.

1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. A ernoon at the Cinema; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call for title, 330-2734150.

Thursday, November 29 Square Dance Day 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Camp Wired; Medina Computer Lab, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Learn and refresh computer skills. Ages 55 plus. Call for topics, 330-725-0588.

Friday, November 30 Stay at Home Because You are Well Day

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