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May 1, 2013

Countryy Editor

Volume 1 Number 3


Just good reading

Settling the dust

A ruff reunion

Fish Tales

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Takee a hike Hiking to Jake’s Pond by Jamie Aloi he Friday started out like most, campers from the week leaving to go home and the staff of Oswegatchie Educational Center was planning something fun to do for the weekend. This particular weekend 10 of us decided to hike to Jake’s Pond, a roughly 4 mile hike near Croghan, NY that none of us had ever done. We also decided to stay the night at the leanto said to be near the pond. We started out late because two of us had to work a group that afternoon so it was already after 4 pm when we started our journey. The first mile or so we had all done countless of times, it lead to Trout Falls which is where we take campers and swim on the weekends. The rest was a mystery to us. We came across two bridges crossing edges of ponds where the river flowed on. As we were trekking further the trail became less and less traveled and in spots more muddy. We eventually hit a ‘road’ block. We had to figure out a way to cross a river that wasn’t shallow enough for all of us to wade across. Luckily there was a beaver dam that we used our training in teamwork and treated it as a low ropes element (a teambuilding game or element where the group has a task to com-


plete). The dam wasn’t super steady and we had our clunky bags on our backs but we all made it across without any major losses. After the river there were a few more spots where we had to devise a plan on how we were going to get past them. We had been walking a while and thought that we should be at the pond soon but it was getting dark out and we knew we had to make a camp soon and that’s when we came across a fork in the trail. Not knowing which way to go and knowing we had a short time before it was dark we decided to set up camp right there at the fork. We built a fire and all of us dried— some melted— our socks and shoes. We had a rowdy night of hanging out around the fire and talking. Eventually morning came and we all got up and to our surprise we were right next to a pond, which we later found out was Jake’s Pond. Our hike out was just as crazy as our hike in. We all have awesome stories to tell. I would do this hike again in a heartbeat, even the sleeping in the middle of the trail and trekking across the beaver dam. It’s not about the journey you take, but who you take the journey with that matters. Jamie Aloi grew up in Baldwinsville, NY. She attended camp for 6 years at the Oswegatchie Education Center and then worked there for 5 years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont. Jamie is currently doing an internship in the Horse Barn at Green Chimneys, a school for children with social and mental disabilities.

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While crossing the beaver dam they used their training in teamwork and treated it as a low ropes element. Photos by Jamie Aloi



Woman quilts for scholarships by Becky Malkovich, (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan HERRIN, IL (AP) — A Herrin woman found a unique way to honor the people who helped her on her journey back from a near-fatal car accident and to make sure that help is there for those who need it in the future. A little more than four years ago, Carla Shasteen was in a coma after a car crash left her on a ventilator and suffering from severe head trauma, broken bones and the effects of three strokes. Nearly two weeks after the crash, doctors gave her little chance of survival but her family asked for 30 more days. “I woke up on day 27,” Shasteen said. “I couldn’t walk, talk or even think for myself.” She was able to relearn

those skills at the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Herrin Hospital. “These people were amazing. I couldn’t walk but they taught me to put one foot in front of another: heel, toe, right foot, left foot,” she said. “If not for them and what they do on a daily basis, I don’t know where I’d be. I can’t thank them enough.” But she wanted to try. She established the Carla Shasteen Scholarship Fund for Herrin high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in physical, occupational or speech therapies or rehabilitation nursing. To raise money for the fund, Shasteen and her mother, Dolores “Dee” Arnsmeyer, raffled off quilts they hand made together. “There were times when I didn’t think she would come

home again. I never imagined she would be quilting again,” Arnsmeyer said. “That girl amazed me. She’s made a great comeback.” Dr. Terence Glennon, a physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Herrin Hospital, drew the winner of this year’s quilt during a special ceremony at Herrin Hospital last week. Shasteen, he said after plucking the name of winner Helen Lind of Johnston City from a basket, is an example of “Why people in rehab medicine do what we do. This is what does my heart good. From the beginning point to the person you see before you now, I can see why people use the word ‘miracle.’” The fund provided two $1,000 scholarships last year and will provide another two

this year. “I will need therapy for the rest of my life and with these scholarships, I may be helping train my next therapists,” she said.

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by Kelly Gates Ten years ago, a Nashua, NH, man named Jamie Carpentier parted ways with his beloved basset hound Ginger when he and his wife divorced and she chose to take the dog with her. Carpentier was saddened by the loss, but he eventually got another pet, a white boxer, who he loved and tended to for many years. Then, on Christmas Eve 2012, an ongoing illness over-

A ruff reunion took the poor pup and the owner was forced to make the decision many dread — having the animal put to sleep to end its suffering. “When I had to make that decision, I thought I would never get a dog again,” Carpentier said. “It’s the hardest thing in the world to lose your best friend and I had lost two of them in just a matter of years. So I wasn’t about to open myself up to another dog

Ginger enjoys being back home.

that I knew wouldn’t be here forever.” Despite his efforts to guard his heart from yet another loss, Carpentier found himself missing having a pooch pal around to pet and play with. And when he fell and injured his back during an ice fishing excursion several weeks later, his desire to adopt another dog intensified even more. “I was lying around recovering and happened to log on to our local Humane Society’s website; just to look,” he said. “I wasn’t planning on getting a dog yet, but when I saw an article about a basset hound named ‘Ginger’ who was up for adoption, I couldn’t believe it. The dog was around 13 years old and the colors and markings mentioned in the article sounded just like the basset hound I had owned many years before.” There was no photo with the article, so Carpentier called the Nashua Humane Society and asked for images. The staff responded with a host of pictures, each one showing the unique markings that matched the photographs Carpentier had of Ginger as a puppy. Amazingly, they were a

match. More than a decade after they were separated, Ginger and her master were about to be reunited. “My father drove me to the Humane Society and as soon as Ginger heard my voice, she got up, trotted over, sniffed me and then licked me on the cheek,” said Carpentier. “She remembered me after all those years. And, she remembered my dad Jamie Carpenter and his gog, Ginger too.” were reunited after 10 years.. Shortly after the Nashua native and Humane Society managed to his basset buddy came togeth- get some of her weight off, but er, Carpentier decided that I have her on diet dog food and this time, it would be forever. she runs around and plays a He adopted Ginger and today, lot, both of which are helping the two pass the time cud- her to get back to a healthier dling, playing and making up size.” for lost time. According to Carpentier, They are also hard at work Ginger has the energy of a on Ginger’s figure, joked young pup. While some of the Carpentier. rambunctiousness is due to “The last people to own her renewed physique, some of Ginger were older and weren’t the spring in her step is able to take her for walks, so undoubtedly due to being back she had packed on the with her best buddy once pounds,” he said. “The again.

Fish tales by Joe Parzych Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I fished the Connecticut River in Gill. We crossed a tributary at the Connecticut River’s edge on a log over the stream. While fishing, I lost a fishhook on a snag and returned to my bicycle to get another fishhook. On my way back, I spotted an enormous fish in the tributary. It looked like a giant pickerel lying in wait, with its head just a few feet from where the log lay. It was at least four feet long. I’d just had an experience with a pickerel in the brook running by our farm when I’d swished a baited hook through the water. A bull frog sprang from the stream bank to clamp onto the bait. Almost simultaneously, a pickerel leaped out of the water to grab the frog creating a ferocious explosion of water. I hauled the frog out of the water with the pickerel attached, but before I landed them, the pickerel bit the frog in two and swam off with half the frog in its

mouth. Now, here I was faced with a giant pickerel that could easily bite me in two. I tiptoed over the log, ever so gingerly, so as to not end up like the bull frog. Once past the peril of the giant fish, I couldn’t wait to tell my friends. But, then, I hesitated, because if the fish left by the time we headed back home, they’d think I was just telling a fish tail, because I couldn’t stretch my arms wide enough to show how long that fish was. They would just have to see it with their own eyes. I kept quiet, but to my great disappointment, the enormous fish was gone when we headed home. I never told this fish tale to them, or anyone else, in all these years, even though I’d learned a few years after the sighting that fish of that size, sturgeon, inhabit the Connecticut River. This recipe is not for baking sturgeon. I understand that they are very bony and probably not that great eating. Plus, you would need your entire collection of aluminum pie plates to even begin baking or frying one of those monsters.

Crummy Baked Fish

1 Fish (essential ingredient) 1 cup of crumbled Ritz crackers 1/2 cup of crumbled low fat potato chips Tartar sauce Spread a layer of cracker crumbs on pie plate. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towel. Slather the fish all over with tartar sauce

Photo courtesy of Robert Michelson Lay slathered fish on cracker crumbs. If too long; cut it to fit. Sprinkle potato chips crumbs on top of fish. Bake until the fish flakes nicely. Incidentally, sturgeons are a primitive fish that lives up to 100 years old. They have bony armor instead of scales and can reach a length of 12 to 14 ft in length, so the sturgeon I saw was probably just a baby. Still, that would take a lot of tartar sauce.

Thosee whoo agreee withh us mayy nott bee right,, butt we admiree theirr astuteness.. ~Cullenn Hightower

by Dee Ann Littlefield, USDA-NRCS “You couldn’t see. You couldn’t breathe. You couldn’t go outside for days,” remembers Eugene Littlefield. “It was awful.” Littlefield is referring to the giant black clouds of soil that would blot out the sun and swallow the countryside. Born in Wayside, TX in 1934, Littlefield was welcomed into the world by the Dust Bowl — an era in the 1930s when the most massive, brutal dust storms ever known to our nation repeatedly ravaged the Panhandle and Great Plains regions. Littlefield was the only child of parents that raised cattle, wheat and sorghum on their farm 20 miles east of Happy, in the now-extinct community of Wayside. “We could see those storms coming

over the horizon,” he said. “The dirt would blow in your face and hit your skin so hard it hurt. Dad would get our animals in the best shelter he could, while my mom started packing the windows with rolled wet towels and hung sheets to try to keep dirt out. “It still didn’t work,” he said, shaking his head at the fury and intensity of the storms. “Fine sand would get in our food no matter how well we protected it. It would get behind the wallpaper in our house. Our white sheets on the bed would turn brown. “Mother would light kerosene lamps and you could barely see them for the brown haze around them,” he adds. He recounts his family having to use a

Eugene Littlefield and his dog standing behind the horses that plowed the wheat and sorghum fields on their Swisher County Farm. Photo courtesy of Littlefield Family Album. Photo taken in 1939.

bucket for the bathroom because they couldn’t go outside to the outhouse. His dad had a rope tied from the house to the barn so if there was even the slightest reprieve in the raging storm he could go check on the animals. Littlefield says no matter how hard you tried to protect your equipment or vehicles, the fine sand would penetrate the carburetors and wind up in fuel lines, rendering equipment inoperable until it could be repaired. “I remember coming outside after the storms and you couldn’t find things,” he says.”You could see, but you still felt disoriented because the landscape would look so different. Tumble weeds would blow against the fences and get trapped, then the dirt would just pile up in them to the point it would bury the fence so deep in dirt you couldn’t see it. Entire plows could get buried and only the levers would be visible.” The plowing up of native grasslands across the Great Plains left vast stretches of soil exposed to drought and wind. The 1930s mark a decade of the worst drought in U.S. history. Planted seeds would shrivel and die in the ground before they could ever sprout. With no plants to trap the soil or moisture, the parched dirt turned to powder that was easily carried away by wind. This loss of land and crops only further deepened the effects of the Great Depression, to the point that by 1933 more than 11,000 of the nation’s 25,000 banks had failed and unemployment was at a record high 25 percent. The Dust Bowl affected 100,000,000 acres, centered on the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and adjacent parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. In

December 1935, experts estimated that 850 million tons of topsoil had been blown off the Plains that year alone. The drought would linger four more years until rain finally brought relief in the fall of 1941. Hard work preparing the land and planting the crops, was met with years and years of crop failure. With no crops to harvest and no grass for livestock to eat on their Swisher County farm, the Littlefields struggled along with so many, just desperate to survive. During this time there was one man that was strongly convinced he had a plan to keep so much of America’s top soil from blowing away. In 1928, while working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a chemist with the Bureau of Soils, Hugh Hammond Bennett wrote about the ongoing soil erosion issue in a government report. “To visualize the full enormity of land impairment and devastation brought about by this ruthless agent is beyond the possibility of the mind. An era of land wreckage destined to weigh heavily upon the welfare of the next generation is at hand,” he wrote. Through his experience with soil surveys, Bennett realized the effects of soil erosion and the negative impacts it had on agriculture. His persistent admonition about the devastation of farmland that was occurring across the nation’s landscape led Congress to establish the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now known as Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The establishment of the SCS marked the beginning of federal funding and Settling Page 4


A dust storm rolling across the Littlefield Farm in Swisher County, Texas in 1935. Photo taken at intersection of FM 1075 and 2301

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Hello Again,

April 27, 2013

The New Health Program Bringing Bankruptcy Let’s turn the economic clock back to January 24, 1971 and read what the highly respected national weekly newspaper had to say. The Grit, with a paid weekly subscription base of 1,331,489 copies, published the following on its front page. Headline: States Facing Money Problems as Rolls Jump. An antiquated welfare system whose phenomenal growth in the last few years is virtually threatening many states with bankruptcy is the first order of business. President Nixon summed up the problem when he declared: “What began on a small scale in the depression thirties has become a monster… It is bringing states and cities to the brink of financial disaster… It is failing to meet the elementary human, social, and financial needs of the poor. It breaks up homes. It often penalizes work. It robs recipients of dignity. And it grows.” Why are we chatting about the welfare problem of 1971? It is even worse today — in 2013. And it points to a new problem, which totally dwarfs the 1971 problem and even the 2013 welfare problem. Think on this: New York State’s largest budget item is welfare. Individual tax payers and companies pay more of their hard-earned dollars to foot (support) welfare than any other cause. I read that if you add New York and California’s welfare costs, it is more than all the remaining states combined. To paraphrase what President Nixon said in 1971, “Welfare started on a relatively small scale during the depression and grew into a monster threatening states with bankruptcy.” We ask, if welfare started in a minimal way and could have brought states into financial disaster, what do you think will happen with this new Obama healthcare program which in one way or another, 100 percent of all U.S. citizens and possibly a few million more non-citizens will be involved? Sometimes I wonder if the news industry shouldn’t change their nomenclature from daily newspaper, monthly news magazine, and even TV channel news, etc. to: “Swap Sheet: Swap the truth for opinionated, exaggerated lies.”

Huge elephant bird egg gets $101,813 at UK auction LONDON (AP) — A mas- eral hundred years ago. The sive, partly fossilized egg laid oversized ovum, laid on the by a now-extinct elephant island of Madagascar, is bird has sold for more than believed to date back before double its estimate at a the 17th century. Flightless, fruit-gobbling London auction. Christie's auction house elephant birds resembled said Wednesday that the foot- giant ostriches and could long, nearly nine-inches in grow to be 11 feet high (3.4 diameter egg fetched 66,675 meters). Christie's says their pounds ($101,813). It had eggs are 100 times the size of been valued at 20,000 to an average chicken's. 3 0 , 0 0 0 pounds presale, and was sold to an anonymous buyer over the telephone after about 10 minutes of competitive bidding. Elephant birds were wiped out sevPhoto courtesy of

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For example: when a news writer is faced with a report of any kind, twist the meaning of the report to mean something totally different but do it in such a fashion as to lead readers into believing something which is not the whole truth — not a total lie — but far from the truth. In this morning’s daily newspaper, an Associated Press columnist wrote: The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of U.S. households. The meaning of this column could easily be interpreted to be 7 percent of the richer Americans got richer on the backs of the other 93 percent of households. The real truth is, due to the crash in the real estate market and losing millions of jobs to countries such as Mexico and China, near disaster came about to the so-called 93 percent. If a house which had been purchased for $250,000 a few years earlier is now worth $150,000 and if a machinist working in a factory in the United States lost his job to China, what in heavens name has that got to do with the rich people? If the federal and state government leaders along with millions of stock holders had stepped on the toes of corporation presidents and forced them to not dump our country in favor of China and all of those other offshore manufacturers, we would not be in trouble today. What would you do if you were the president of a huge American corporation and you found out that the president of your country is trying his best to grab control of companies such as yours by growing the federal government and introducing new regulation after new regulation? Is it not possible that you would move most of your company’s factories out of this country? That way you would not have your company strangled by regulations and have to bow down to the all-powerful U.S. based unions. The sad part is, that is exactly what a large percentage of U.S. companies did. They moved their manufacturing facilities and in the process, dumped their employees. If this causes our country to fail, and it could, who will they blame? They certainly will not blame themselves. At least a part of this chatter has been about twisting the truth. Now — how about another twist and I’ll fill you full of blarney. Naturally, Irish blarney is the gospel truth, according to the Irish. When I was a teenager, I bought a retriever Irish wolfhound puppy. Every afternoon I worked with “Cooky” teaching him how to retrieve a two-foot long stick. He quickly learned how to retrieve even from across the Cherry Valley Creek. One day he was in a big hurry and ran across the top of the water. He did not sink or swim. I couldn’t wait to show how smart he was to my neighbors so I asked a small group to meet me and Cooky down by the creek. I tossed the stick out over the water and told the dog to fetch. With that, he ran across the top of the water and retrieved the stick. I overheard one of my neighbors say, “He’s not so smart. He doesn’t even know how to swim.” If you believe half of what you either read or hear on TV you shouldn’t have any trouble believing about Cooky. You know the famous expression: “Go ahead, make my day.” A few days ago while driving the little red Spyder bike, an Amish grandfather driving with his horse and buggy made my day. As I was driving towards his buggy, I noticed he was waving with both hands. Now that man made me old Irish heart take an extra smile. My good friend, I hope you saw me waving back. Keep on waving with both hands and I’ll wave back. Our society has reached the stage where belief in God, country, and friends is passé. All I can say to that is I promise to continue to love our heavenly Father, this country, and my friends and family. Life would not be life if any of these were missing. Keep smiling, praying, show you’re a Christian believer and an American. Fred Lee and Family

Road is covered with sand and car is stalled out from dust storm that passed through. Tumbleweeds are piled up against the fences. Photos courtesy of the NRCS natural resource education to landowners, especially farmers. States established state soil conservation agencies and procedures whereby local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) could be formed in counties across the U.S. SCS assistance was delivered at the direction of the local SWCD board, made up of five landowners from across the county. The agency employees would hold workshops and in some cases go door-to-door to educate farmers on soil conservation and anti-erosion techniques, including crop rotation, strip farming, contour plowing, terracing and other beneficial farming practices. The agency provided financial incentives to help farmers offset the costs of

adopting some of these practices. “Seeing what I saw growing up as a boy on our farm, I have witnessed the positive effects over 70 years of conservation efforts have had on our land,” Littlefield says. “I am now proud to say I am a landowner that is making a difference for the environment, and in the process, I hope to be able to help the prairie chicken populations.” Bennett, known as the Father of Conservation, perhaps said it best: “Farmers have only temporary control over their land. It can be theirs for a lifetime and no longer. The public’s interest, however, goes on and on, endlessly, if nations are to endure....”

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Formal or casual, ballpark weddings a hit by Lisa A. Flam Associated Press For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re... married? A major league baseball stadium might be one of the last places you would consider for your fairytale wedding. After all, come game day, the ballpark is often filled with droves of beer-swilling and -spilling, hotdog-chomping fans, resplendent in their hometeam finery. Some couples, though, find that the massive stadiums where they enjoy hearing the crack of the bat can also be the perfect place to hear their beloved say, “I do.” When she chose a reception site for her wedding on June 2, 2012, Melissa Cantarow of Boston was mindful that most of her 150 guests were arriving from other

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has 25 to 30 wedding events a year; Citi Field, home to the New York Mets, five or six; Turner Field, where the Atlanta Braves play, 13 to 18; and four to five are held at U.S. Cellular Field, where the Chicago White Sox play. Many people don’t realize you can celebrate at a ballpark, said Anja Winikka, site director for, though ballpark weddings have grown in popularity as more couples seek unique locations. “It falls into the category where couples did away with the idea of a traditional venue and

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or saying, just go out and do your job.” The first meeting between Robinson and Branch Rickey, when the team honcho broached making him a Brooklyn Dodger, with all the pressure and abuse that would entail, is one of the most mythogenic episodes in baseball history. Rickey shouted insults at Robinson and demanded to know how he would respond to such provocation. Robinson asked if Rickey wanted a player who lacked the guts to fight back. Rickey responded, “I want a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back.” As a young man stationed at Camp Hood in

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spine. Others tuck their feet under their bottoms and sit on their knees, balancing on the balls. “I usually feel a lot comfier sitting on my knees,” 8-year-old Bryson Cannaday said. There was no falling over, no vigorous bouncing. The students worked as if it were entirely normal to sit on inflatable balls, which they’ve been doing since September. Patton is one of a growing number of teachers across the United States who in recent years have substituted classroom chairs with balls commonly found in yoga and Pilates exercise classes. Several studies suggest that the balls increase focus because


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the Bicentennial Center, said the bathroom was only 25 feet long. “Once she saw the tiger, I’m sure she knew to go the other way,” Bird said. “Overall, it was a scary, surreal moment. I am glad no one was hurt or injured.” The tiger was captured within minutes and returned to its enclosure. Krehbiel, a social worker, said she didn’t scream or run because she is trained to stay calm.

“Looking back, it was a scary ordeal,” she said. “At the time, I was thinking I just needed to get out.” Krehbiel said her 3year-old daughter had a different reaction. “My daughter wanted to know if it had washed its hands,” Krehbiel said. “That was her only concern. I think that shows the thoughts of children and that they wouldn’t have known there was danger.”

“wiggly” last year, she said, and getting stu-

dents to focus posed a challenge. So she began

combing through research that found that exercise balls could increase productivity and focus in the classroom. “There are fewer trips to the bathroom,” Patton said, which students frequently used as an excuse to get up and move. Patton bought 30 balls from for $600, which the school paid for. So far, none has deflated or popped. No student has been injured, either. “It’s been awesome,” she said. If students’ bottoms lift off the balls while bouncing, Patton will take away the ball for a few hours and substitute a chair. She doesn’t have to do that often, though, she said. First-grade teacher Rachel Young has already

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SALINA, KS (AP) — A central Kansas woman likely won’t remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it’ll be the tiger in the bathroom. The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.

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Montana man reunited with bird he lost in a divorce BUTTE, MT (AP) — A Great Falls man who lost his macaw in a divorce more than five years ago has been reunited with the bird, thanks to an observant friend. Mike Taylor picked up the 25-year-old bird he calls “Love Love” at Montana’s Parrot & Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Butte on Sunday. Taylor said his wife sold the bird after a nasty divorce. “I’ve been kind of

looking for him the whole time,” he said. A friend of Taylor’s, Steven Campbell, recently spotted the bird during a visit to the sanctuary. It took some time for Campbell to convince Taylor. Then Taylor had to convince sanctuary founder Lori McAlexander. But she said he knew things about the bird that only a previous owner could have known, like it was blind in one eye, said

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Get creative with place cards, escort cards by Hillary Speed, Associated Press For their May wedding reception in Bourne, MA, Jason and Amelie Neese turned to their shared love of literature as inspiration for table names and homemade escort cards. Guests sat at tables named after the couple’s favorite books, such as “The Great Gatsby,” “A Movable Feast” and “Sophie’s World.” And the escort cards, which tell guests which table they’ve been assigned to, were made of old-school library cards and pockets that the Neeses ordered on and decorated with vintage paper. “We met at a poetry reading in 2007 and fell in love with each other’s work, which led to us falling in love with each other, so we wanted to represent that part of ourselves and our relationship in the little details of our wedding day,” Amelie Neese said. Many couples are in-

corporating homemade themes to help guests navigate seating assignments at wedding receptions. Everything from wine corks and fruit to seed envelopes and clothespins can be repurposed as place cards at individual table settings, or escort cards at the front of a reception area. “Couples are getting increasingly creative,” said Christina Friedrichsen, founder and editor o f “For a barn wedding, for instance, they might tie a place card to a pear or apple. For a literarythemed wedding, they might use Scrabble tiles as place cards. For a destination wedding, luggage tags might be used.” Friedrichsen details a number of playful do-ityourself ideas on her website, including one using vintage fashion illustrations and another using found sea glass. “Place cards can be the perfect way to infuse a

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SUBARU FORESTER: 2001, fully equipped Pennsylvania car, all wheel drive, four door, excellent $5,675 or best; mitsubishi Galant 2002, air, fully equipped, sun roof, automatic, 4 cylinder, 4 door, great car, $3,675. 315-794-5863, 315797-3313

FOR RENT: Little Falls. 2 apartments available on John Street. 1BR w/appliances and utilities included. $575. 1BR w/appliances, $550. Call between 6-8pm only. 315-4298760.


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WANTED - CA$H PAID: for old jewelry, books. Dolls toys, even if broken, 1970s older. 1960s & older: Clothing. Old frames, Christmas, Halloween items. Interested in almost anything old. Shirley 315-8949032.

FOR SALE: Tan rocker Barcalounger, Blair slacks, 18W, many colors, like new. Details 315-894-8522 PORTABLE Carry-On BOAT air conditioner & cover, $800.00. 315-376-6639 leave a message.



UDA D WOODWORKING G & CHAIR R HOSPITAL Furniture Repair & Regluing • Countertops • Speaker Cabinets “Formica Work Is Our Specialty”

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Furniture 3 CHERRY Swivel Bar Stools w/high backs. $189 each from J.C.Penney. Asking $200/set OBO. 315-8957507. BIG Dupa’s breaking your chairs? Call Duda Woodworking & Chair Hospital. 734 Layfayette St., Utica. 315-733-4715. Custom Formica Counter tops too! CUSTOM FORMICA Countertops. Cash & Carry or Installed. Duda Woodworking & Chair Hospital, 734 Lafayette St., Utica 315-7334715 “Quality Work for Over 33 Years!” Hide-a-bed couch; rocking chair; end table, coffee table set; dining room set, 11 pieces/insets; mirror; bookcase; set: womans chest with mirror, mens 5 drawer chest; 21” TV; all-in-1 printer; floor lamp; fur coat; set of china; set of Oneida flatware. 315-2199021

Heating CHARCOAL GRILL: KAMADO JOE Ready to cook in 15 minutes. Free Accessories worth $113.00 included in the introductory price. HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 FIREPLACE XTRAORDINAIRE GAS INSERTS ON SALE, OVER $1000 discount. Limited supply HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 HARMAN PELLET STOVES: SAVE UP TO $300 NOW THRU 9/16/12 HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 LOPI WOOD INSERTSAVE UP TO $500 ON INSTOCK UNITS HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557

Hair Styling HAIRDRESSER: In Home Ser vices. Experienced. Perms, Cuts, Colors & Sets. Call Pam H. 315-725-9404

Hay - Straw For Sale HORSE HAY: Round bales $40.00 per bale. Mohawk Valley Produce Auction. 518-568-2257

PELLETS SALE: $229/ton. HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 REMODELING SALE: STOVES, GAS INSERTS & FIREPLACES, Save over $1000 on Major Brands HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 ThermoPride High Boy oil furnace, model#OH3-72 75kBTU. Serious inquiry only, $500. Joe 315-894-5204 Frankfort

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Lawn & Garden VALLEY LAWN SERVICE. Mowing, shrub trimming, mulch and clean-ups. Fully insured, free estimates. 315894-4331.

Lessons ERNIE BALL, D’ADDARIO, Dean Markley GHS guitar strings (lessons available). Imagineering Drum & Guitar Shop. 27 West Main St. Little Falls. 315-823-1500

Music EVANS, REMO DRUMHEADS, drumsticks by ProMark, Zilojian, On Stage. Imagineering Drum & Guitar Shop. 27 West Main St. Little Falls. 315-823-1500 GREG BENNETT Guitars. Authorized dealer. Imagineering Drum & Guitar shop. 27 West Main St. Little Falls. 315-823-1500

Motorcycles Lumber & Wood Products HEMLOCK LUMBER, Siding Boards, Framing Lumber, Beams. Miller’s, 6027Cty.Hwy. 18, WestEdmeston. 6miles south ofU.S.Rt.20

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Motorcycles FOR SALE: 2000 LS Suzuki Savage, 11,000 miles, leather saddle bags, color green, excellent condition. 518-573-7468, 518-5732969. Or trade for 4 wheeler or snowmobile.

Real Estate For Sale 10 ACRES. Bridgewater,NY. Outstanding Views. Electric. $32,000.00. 845-783-8408 Fo r S a l e B y O w n e r. c o m #23928210 TEN ACRES West Canada Schools, wooded, pond, electric at road, eight miles to Utica, broker/ owner financing with 20% down. $32,900. 315796-4425

Recreational Vehicles & Motor Homes BLUE-OX TOW BAR Aventa11, Cover, Cables, $200.00; bike rake for ladder, $20.00. 315-269-8582

Rentals FOR RENT: Ground level, 2 bdr house, office space, adults only. Stove and refrigerator included. Parking for one car. No pets. $500 per month. Call 315-868-7364

Services Offered Join us CNY share exchange network Post free items or list services you have to give or what you need. Person to person recycling of good items or free giveaway. TED’S Painting and Home Repairs: Book now through April 30th get FREE power wash w/deck staining, good for April, May, June only. Call 315-429-3253

Tires & Tire Repair Service FOR SALE: 2 11R22.5 tubeless radial truck tires, like new, $200; 6 lowboy trailer tires, 750-15, 12-14 ply, mounted on 6 hole rims for a tiltbed Miller trailer, $275.00. 315429-8010 leave message. USED TIRE SALE: Huge Inventory, mounting & balancing FREE. No appointment necessary! Save money call Auto World, 534 North Perry Street, Johnstown 12095 518762-7555

Tractors MASSEY FERGUSON 65 tractor/ backhoe with front end loader and extra rims, $4,000 or best offer. Dan 518-706-0249




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Comfort foods made fast and healthy by Healthy Exchanges

and-serve pudding mix

Pecan rhubarb crisp pie There’s no doubt about it — either you love rhubarb or you hate it! We love it, and look forward each year to the time we can again enjoy this wonderful veggie/fruit to our heart’s content. 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-

1 (4-serving) package sugar-free strawberry gelatin

3/4 cup purchased graham cracker crumbs Sugar substitute to equal 1/4 cup sugar, suitable for baking

1 cup water 4 teaspoons reducedcalorie margarine

3 cups finely chopped fresh rhubarb

1/4 cup pecans 1. Preheat

1 (6-ounce) purchased graham cracker pie crust

chopped oven


375°F. 2. In large saucepan, combine dry pudding mix, dry gelatin and water. Stir in rhubarb. Cook over medium heat until rhubarb softens and mixture thickens, stirring often. Spoon hot mixture into pie crust. 3. In medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar sub-

stitute. Add margarine. Mix well using a fork until mixture becomes crumbly. Stir in pecans. Evenly sprinkle crumb mixture over rhubarb filling. 4. Bake for 20 minutes. Place pie on a wire rack and let set for at least 15 minutes. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Makes 8 serv-

ings. • Each serving equals: 205 calories, 9g fat, 3g protein, 28g carb., 288mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Fat. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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