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The Valley, May 2014

14 Poor Wills Valley Almanack from page 19 Strawberry Rains, the wettest time of May in the lower Midwest and the Mid Atlantic states. May 15: Today is a good target date for having fields planted in order to avoid a serious delay in seeding (as well as to take advantage of moisture for seed sprouting). May 16: Cutworms begin to attack many field and garden crops. Weevils build up in alfalfa. Flea beetles are in the corn. Bagworms and powdery mildew can be attacking the wheat. May 17: Now blueberries are flowering along the Canadian, and the zucchini harvest starts in the South. May 18: Half of the area’s field corn has usually emerged by this date. In the garden, remove seed pods from daffodils and tulips. May 19: Just as all the corn gets planted, the armyworms and corn borers go to work. They appear in fields throughout the country this month. May 20: Haying ordinarily has begun throughout the southern counties of the region. May 21: Use the waning moon for hunting insects in your crops. May 22: The major commercial planting time for cantaloupes and cucumbers has begun. Home gardeners plant their own cucumbers and cantaloupes, too. May 23: Most of the commercial potatoes and processing tomatoes have been planted by this date – and all tomatoes for home use should be in the ground, as well. May 24: The first zucchini ripens and elderberries start to bloom. If you don’t have your zucchini seeds in the ground, plant them as the dark moon gets ready to be new. May 25: The waning moon is recommended for worming and spraying livestock for external parasites. May 26: Poison ivy and early thistles bloom. Catch the poison ivy now before it spreads; dig the thistles before they go to seed. May 27: Sunburn time spreads toward the Canadian border throughout the month, and sunburn is sometimes caused by more than just over exposure. Some goatherds believe that when goats browse lush clover or buckwheat their susceptibility to reacting to sunlight increases. Horses get sunburn, too – especially those with white faces. And, of course, keep your children from eating all that clover and buckwheat! May 28: Gather cherries, mulberries, and black raspberries. Ferti-

lize asparagus and rhubarb as their seasons end. Side dress the corn. May 29: As heat builds up in the hen house, gather eggs frequently to reduce spoilage. Give your horse a shower if it is sweating a lot in the heat. Consider installing water misters for your hogs. May 30: A tetanus antitoxin can help guard your goats against infections from summer cuts on udders, feet and legs caused by plants as well as by sharp objects in grazing areas. Heat can contributed to split hooves in your horses. Check their feet regularly throughout the summer. And be sure a salt block is available for them. May 31: Winter wheat is golden in the South, deep green in the Valley. Blueberries are setting fruit in the Northeast, maybe a few on your land. In Southern gardens, squash bugs and Japanese beetles are out in force and will soon run over Pennsylvania. Almanack Classics At the Full of the Moon By Fanny Lindsey, Willard Ohio This story is real. My daughter, Lisa, lives in North Carolina. She called me one day and said, “Mom, there is a guy who wants to meet you.” Well, my husband had passed away on February 1, 1999. My daughter wanted me to be happy, so I told her I would go down there to visit, and when I got there, my daughter talked and talked and didn’t go to bed until 3:00 a.m. Well, lo and behold at 7:00 a.m., there was a big knock at the door. O boy, I was mad, having to get up so early! Well, everyone got up, and there was that “guy” with a big smile on his face. He stayed all day, but the time went by so fast. Then it was dark. I cooked supper, and he ate with us. Then I walked by him, and he pulled me over and kissed me. Boy, was I shocked. Then later he asked me outside, and we looked up at the full moon. Then he kissed me again. The next morning, I left for home. Then a week later, here he comes, and we’ve been together ever since. And every full moon, he says “Come on out,” and he kisses me again. Everyone laughs about this, but love works in many ways. *** Spring is for love stories! Send your unusual romantic tales to Poor Will, P.O. 431, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Three dollars

paid for the purchase of any story printed in this column! “We Cranked and Cranked!” By Clarence Dinnen, Jamestown, Ohio I was ten years old when the war began for the United States, December 7, 1941. During the war years, many things were rationed, including tires and rubber boots, gasoline, and a variety of foods. By living on the farm, we had plenty of meat, milk, eggs, cream, and lard to cook with. It was a cold January day, a Sunday afternoon, probably in 1943. My dad and I decided we would make a freezer of ice cream. My mom said she would make the ice cream mix if we did the rest. She cooked the milk, cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla and let it cool. Dad and I broke some ice from the stock tank at the barn and crushed it in a burlap sack. We carried the ice to the house. We filled the freezer can with the ice cream mix, added the ice, layered with salt and started to crank. We cranked and cranked and cranked. Then we cranked some more. But the ice cream did not freeze. Finally I tasted the ice. It was sweet! We had used all of a

brown bag we thought was salt. It was our sugar – all of our rationed supply! Well, we had no more sugar. We used corn syrup and some honey for our sweetener for the next several weeks. Over the years, when we recalled this episode, we would laugh and make fun of ourselves and remember our rationed sugar. *** Any season is right for memory stories. Send yours to Poor Will, P.O. Box 431, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Three dollars will be paid to any author whose story appears in this column. *** Poor Will’s Sckrambler Only one person solved the April Sckrambler. But a prize was promised to the the 4th , the 12th, the 20th, the 40th or 99th person to return your correct Sckrambler solutions by my deadline. That means if you go back and find your April The Valley, you have a 25% chance of winning. And, for May, if you are the 4th , the 12th, the 20th, the 40th or 99th person to return your correct Sckrambler solutions by my deadline, you will win $5.00. There should be no typos in this puzzle, and no typo prize will be awarded. If you happen to find a typo, however,

LOCAL MASTER GARDENERS OFFER COMPOSTING CLASS Composting, a popular program presented by the Juniata Valley Master Gardeners, will be offered at the local organization’s annual plant sale on May 17. Participants will learn to turn kitchen and lawn waste into a rich organic soil supplement. The free compost bins given to participants who complete the class are in short supply and this may be the last opportunity to obtain one. Held in the Woodlawn parking lot, across from the Mifflin County library, the plant sale will begin at 8:00 and end at 12:00. The composting class will be held at 10:00 am. New to this year’s plant sale are pollinator boxes containing pollinator friendly plants and

directions for planting a certified pollinator garden. Dish gardens will also be offered for sale for the first time. In addition, there will be a demonstration of “Living Art”. A variety of succulent plants will be used to create an attractive, living wall decoration. Most of all, those attending the plant sale can choose from a large variety of perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables, just in time for spring planting! The Juniata Valley Master Gardeners is a program of Penn State extension. For more information on the organization or the annual plant sale, contact Darryl Dressler, coordinator, at 4367744. a

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All Of Your Kids Belong To US from page 3 Criterion-Reference Competency Test (CRCT) given to their children, just like we can do with our PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment), were met at the doors of the school by armed police informing them they were trespassing because they opposed the school’s process of testing all of the children. The sole purpose of these tests is to gain funding for the school’s education program through the Federal government. I urge all parents to watch your children closely and start teaching your children history. Teach them that the government is the servant of the people, not the master. Tell them a good citizen is a person who takes care of themselves and does not report friends and family because it disagrees with government. Doctors are for healing ailments, not knowing what your family does. Schools are for teaching math, science, language arts, and history. Otherwise we are doomed to repeat the history we have seen happen in the Revolutionary War, World War I, and World War II. a

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