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by Patricia L. Cook Home gardeners are busy this time of year in all areas of North America, and even where the growing season is very short, “squash” plants are often a favorite because they thrive. Let’s take a good look at the group of plants called askutasquash by the Massachuset Indians. • Early colonists on the East Coast learned a lot from the Massachuset Indians. Askutasquash means “eaten raw or uncooked” and is the tribe’s term referring to the collection of vegetables we now know as squash. Early colonists were taught by the Massachusets to grow the “three sisters” to sustain life. The three sisters refer to beans, corn and squash grown together in a “family” hill. • The three sisters were a vital part of sustaining many civilizations. The beans and corn made a complete protein, and the squash supplied potassium, omega 3s and beta carotene. If meat and other foods were scarce, these plants fed many families. This was one of the first examples of “companion plantings” where each plant helps the other. The corn stalks supply climbing support for the beans and shade for the squash during the hottest parts of the day. The large leaves of the squash shade the ground to help keep the weed populations in check and deter wildlife. The beans enrich the soil with nitrogen, helping the corn and squash to grow well. • All squash types — and there are many — are members of the Cucurbitaceae or the gourd family. There are two subdivisions of the genus Cucurbita, to which squash belong: tender-skinned summer squash and hard-skinned winter squash. Pumpkins, from the tiniest to giants, belong to the winter squash family. • Most North Americans have grown up with summer squash, including zucchini and yellow squash, and eaten it raw, sautéed, stir-fried, grilled or breaded and fried. These tender, easy-to-grow vegetables are staples in most home gardens. • While summer squash have been favorites for years with gardeners, winter squash have suffered a popularity slump in the past several decades. Winter squash was very important to early settlers and on the American fronTurn The Page For More!
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¥ On July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Until then there were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. ¥ On July 25, 1832, the first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurs when four people are thrown off a vacant car near Quincy, Mass. A cable on a vacant car snapped them off the train and over a 34-foot cliff. ¥ On July 31, 1916, future racing legend Louise Smith, who will become the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, is born in Barnesville, Ga. In her first race, unaware that a checkered flag meant the finish line, Smith kept going when the race ended until someone threw out a red flag. ¥ On July 28, 1932, President Hoover orders the U.S. Army under Gen. Douglas MacArthur to evict Bonus Marchers -- a group of World War I veterans seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates -- from Washington, D.C. MacArthur’s men set their camps on fire, and the veterans were driven from the city. 1. PHILOSOPHY: “Moderation in all things” is attributed to which Roman dramatist? 2. HISTORY: The Russo-German Non-Aggression Pact of 1939 helped pave the way for what major historical event? 3. ASTRONOMY: Ganymede is the largest moon of what planet? 4. WORLD LEADERS: A prince or king called a “maharajah” likely would be found in which country? 5. GEOGRAPHY: What country is nearest to the Gulf of Carpentaria? 6. LITERATURE: Where do most of the Hobbits live? 7. MUSIC: What singing duo originally called themselves Tom and Jerry? 8. ARCHITECTURE: Who designed the Jefferson Memorial? 9. LANGUAGE: What does the term “noblesse oblige” mean? 10 RELIGION: Who was a founding influence in the Presbyterian Church?
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tier. It has an excellent “keeping” quality and was a staple for root cellars. Winter squash would be harvested in late summer and fall and kept for months, allowing families to eat vitamin-rich vegetables during the cold winter months. • Today, with more emphasis on sustainability, winter squash are becoming very popular again. With more interest in purchasing local produce, farmers’ markets and home gardens are helping to reignite the appeal of eating vitamin-rich winter squash. Beta-carotene with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids all come with the addition of squash to our diets. • So think squash are only available in yellow, green and orange? Think again! Visit local markets and fairs in the summer; you are sure to see some strange looking squash that are not only oddly shaped but also oddly colored. • Squash come in tan, orange, blue, green, even pink. They can be striped or solid colors and smooth or dimpled. • Summer squash are fragile, bruise easily and don’t keep very long. They are at their peak from July until September. Winter squash ripen with hard shells; some so hard that an ax or cleaver is required to get to the edible insides. They are at their prime from September until February. • Australian blue pumpkins and squash are rarely seen in North America but are the “norm” for the vegetable family “Down Under.” These “Blue Belt” plants are natives of Uruguay and Argentina and are also grown in South Africa. • Blue Hubbards and blue bananas as well as Queensland blue and other pumpkins are enjoyed in Australia. A couple of popular treats for Aussies are Queensland blue scones at teatime and the rather odd “Grabben Gullen Pie.” The pie is made by hollowing out a pumpkin, filling it with possum joints and baking it in a bed of hot coals. Doesn’t that sound appetizing?! • The tasty blue banana squash and the pink banana squash originated in Peru. Popular on the North American West Coast, these specialty products are starting to get more recognition, and their seeds are being requested by gardeners. While they are usually 5 to 6 pounds (2-3 kg), jumbo pink banana squash can grow to be a monstrous 130 pounds (59 kg)! • Squash that are common in North America are yellow crookneck, yellow straightneck, Patty pan and zucchini as well as hard squash like acorn, butternut, buttercup, Hubbard, delicious and banana. • Spaghetti squash is a more unusual variety. Cooked spaghetti squash forms strands that pull apart and resemble pasta. This squash is delicious when covered with your favorite sauce or simply with butter and salt. Kids really think it is cool to pull the “spaghetti” strands from the squash! • Did you know that you can eat the flowers of some squash? Try zucchini flowers stuffed with ground meat and braised — yummy and different. The seeds, tender shoots and even leaves can be eaten on many types of squash. • Many people make harvest centerpieces and front porch and door decorations from squash in the fall. Some of the interesting varieties to include in these are carnival, fairytale and turban squash. • Carnival squash are a type of acorn squash with interesting colorations: cream colored with orange spots, pale green with dark green spots and even vertical stripes. • The fairytale squash is, as you may guess, shaped like Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. • Turban squash looks like a turban (or hat) on top. As an interesting replacement for an ordinary bowl, the top can be removed and soup served from inside this squash. • While this Tidbits addresses some interesting members of the squash family, much more information is available to squash growers and eaters. An excellent book for “cucurbitaceans” (defined by the book author as “a person who regards pumpkins or squash with deep, often rapturous love”) is “The Compleat Squash” by Amy Goldman. It’s an interesting read for gardeners and those who love to cook and eat squash!
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Q: I keep reading about there being a remake of “Red Dawn” in the works (with no release date in sight), and I wondered how stars of the original 1984 version felt about this? I have my doubts they’ll be able to pull it off -- the original is such a cult classic. -- Brandi R., Erie, Pa. A: I spoke with Lea Thompson, who played Erica in the original movie, and she also is a little iffy about the remake. “I have my doubts, clearly,” she said, “because they haven’t released it yet although it’s supposedly been done for ages. I’ll be really interested to see it. One of the really amazing things about the original ‘Red Dawn’ is that there were no special effects in terms of computer-generated effects. Everything that happened really happened, which makes it more of a visceral nightmare. Sometimes some things left to the imagination are actually more haunting.” You can catch Lea starting July 30 in Hallmark Movie Channel’s “The Cabin,” where she plays a single mom
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‘Parity’ Is Buzzword of 2011 Season In 2010, 13 drivers won Sprint Cup races. David Ragan became 2011’s 12th. The Coke Zero 400 was the 17th race of the season, one shy of the halfway point. They are Kevin Harvick (3), Kyle Busch (2), Matt Kenseth (2), Jeff Gordon (2), Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Ragan, Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne. Just as surprising are some of the drivers who still haven’t won races: among them Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray. To cite one example, Stewart has won at least once in every season of his career, dating all the way back to 1999. As such, it appears possible that NASCAR’s alltime record for winning drivers within a single season will be exceeded. Nineteen drivers visited victory lane in 2001, 1961, 1958 and 1956. Earnhardt, while congratulating Ragan, also said of Daytona, “I don’t know. It’s weird racing. “What kind of move can you make? ... There ain’t no move you can make. You just hold it on the mat and try not to wreck into each other. You see how good we are at that.” Sure, both Daytona victories this year, by Bayne and
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¥ It was Danish author, philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard who made the following sage observation: “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ¥ After the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film “The Birds,” pet stores all over the country saw a sharp decline in the sales of pet birds. ¥ You might be surprised to learn that during the first airing of the original “Star Trek” series, no episode ranked higher than No. 52 in the ratings. ¥ According to the Guinness Book of Records, it was poor Donna Griffiths who suffered the longest sneezing fit ever recorded. On Jan. 13, 1981, the 12-year-old girl started sneezing, and she continued sneezing every day for more than two and a half years. ¥ If you’re like the average American, you eat 20 quarts of ice cream every year. ¥ I’m sure you’ve heard the term “dimwit” used as an insult, but, as it turns out, the word is more descriptive than derogatory. The human brain actually uses less power than a 100-watt light bulb. ¥ A man named Patrick Hooligan lived in London in the mid-1800s. He was such a notorious troublemaker that his name is still used today to refer to ruffians and hoodlums. ¥ In 1909, in England, one Lord Barbazon took a pig up for a ride in an airplane. Bovines seemingly got short shrift; the first cow didn’t take to the air until 1930. It was in February of that year that a cow was loaded into an airplane in St. Louis. It was milked during the flight, and the milk was parachuted to earth. *** Thought for the Day: “He’s turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed.” -- David Frost
Q: I’m renting an apartment in a 100-year-old building, and the apartment itself hasn’t been updated much in the past 20 years or more. One annoying factor is that all of the windows are stuck shut. The landlord told me I’m welcome to make minor repairs or renovations and take the cost out of my rent. But I’m a little worried about breaking these very old windows in trying to open them. Any suggestions? -- Daniel T., Brockton, Mass. A: Because of the age of the windows, a number of factors could be in play that are keeping those windows lodged shut. Previous tenants or owners may have tried to seal the windows shut, for whatever reason; layers and layers of paint on the surrounding frame may have inadvertently sealed them; or the wood of either the frame or the sash may have swollen due to water damage or age. Many century-old homes in your area still have the old weight-and-rope-pulley system which assists in smooth lifting of the windows; if the pulley and rope are disconnected, the window is that much harder to lift. With all of these factors in mind, closely survey all of the stuck windows from the inside and outside. Look at the gap between the window and the frame; is there material like paint or silicone caulk joining the two? Insert a wide-bladed putty knife into the sealed section and gently wiggle back and forth to loosen the connection. You may need to do this around the entire window where it meets the frame. If the material is silicone-based caulk, removing it can be difficult. Check at your local home improvement store for a caulk remover, rather than trying to cut or chip it away from the wood. Once you’ve loosened up all the visibly sealed areas, if the window still won’t open, bring in the muscle. From the outside of the window (if possible), insert a pry bar under the sash. Place a small block of wood on the window ledge to use as leverage and to protect the window surface. Slowly apply pressure to the pry bar to lift the window, being careful not to damage the sash. Another method to try is to place a two-by-four against the sash, then tap the board with a hammer to try and loosen the window. Once the window is unstuck, lift it and remove or fold out the lower window to inspect it. Check for swollen or weak wood in the window and the frame, which indicates the window may need replacement. Built-up paint layers should be scraped down a layer or two and sanded (wear a filter mask and goggles for this). If the windows simply need a bit of TLC and not replacement, once you’re done sanding and cleaning them, add weatherstripping along the sides of the frame and the bottom of the sash. In older homes, this inexpensive touch can noticeably lower your heating and cooling bills. HOME TIP: Got a tiny puncture in a window screen? Use an awl or pick to straighten out the screen strands, then dab a few coats of clear nail polish over the repair.
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