Country CousinIssue Date: September 5, 2012
It was rumored some years back that God may not live in northeast Wisconsin, but certainly He must vacation here. If Memorial Day Weekend weather in TIMESland is any indication, that rumor must be true. The entire weekend was so perfect it must have been made to order. If the Wisconsin Department of Tourism had put in a specific order, the results could not have been better.
Warm, sunny days with just enough breeze to be comfortable. Perfect for swimming, fishing, bicycling, tubing, whatever. Bright, moonlight nights surrounding the full moon on Friday, warm early, then chilly enough for comfortable sleeping. Even the rain Monday evening, signaling not only the end of the weekend but the end of summer as well was perfectly appropriate.
Political hype notwithstanding, most of us know that far too many Americans today are working at poor paying jobs, or not working at all.
Proving this point, Late Show host David Letterman asked, Are you excited about Labor Day weekend? Thats a holiday where Americans take three days off from looking for a job.
SUMMER FUN DONE? NOT TRUE!
There may be more hot days and stifling evenings before this years summer season is over, but the leaves are starting to turn, days are noticeably shorter, and autumn is a reality. Summer fun is over.
Well, that isnt entirely true. A famous national traveler once wrote of Marinette County that summers are so short and precious here that the party starts with the first fine weekend of Spring and doesnt end until deer season. He was quite right. Check out the fun still to come:
On Saturday, Sept. 8 alone:
*Northern Lights Master Gardener Association hosts its annual Fall plant and bulb sale from 9 a.m. to noon at Harmony Gardens on County E just south of Hwy. 64 seven miles west of Marinette. Winter hardy plants and spring flowering bulbs will be available, with delivery about Oct. 1. Learn about rooting plant cuttings to hold over winter as well.
*National Guard unit, Company D, 127th Infantry, is having an open house. Everyones invited to the Wisconsin National Guard Armory at 200 Mary Street in Marinette to meet the soldiers, see all the latest equipment that the Army is using, and enjoy some refreshments. There will even be a few hands on activities with some of the military equipment.
The 26th annual Wisconsin and Michigan Model Railroad Clubs show and swap meet will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy gym in Marinette on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show is free and the public is welcome.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 8 is the 7th annual Fall Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school parking lot. Registration is from 8-11 a.m., prize drawing from 1-3 p.m. and dash plaques for the first 30 cars. For more information, call Jay Wessely at 906-792-5112.
Coming up in the near future are the Ninth Annual Peshtigo River Trail Paddle, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, sponsored by the Marinette County Land and Water Conservation Department. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Peshtigo River. Learn about the areas wildlife and historical facts. The trip starts at the City of Peshtigo boat landing by the municipal garage on County Road B and ends at the County Road BB landing. Several canoes available for reservation or bring your own canoe or kayak. Transportation is available to shuttle participants back to city boat landing. This is a free public program! For more information call 715-732-7780 or 715- 732-7784.
Then, mark your calendar for the annual Peshtigo Historical Days celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22. The fun starts at 6:30 a.m. with registration for the 8 a.m. Fire Tower walk/run event. All main events are at or near Badger Park. Admission is free. There will be a parade at 10:30 a. m., a horseshoe tournament, live music from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., craft booths, food stands, balloon jumping equipment, games all day and fireworks at dusk.
Then on Sunday, Sept. 23 is the popular Peshtigo Fire Department breakfast at the high school, with serving from 7 a.m. to noon.
In most communities, farmers markets are still regular events. Buy delicious homegrown products without the cost of transportation at todays exorbitant fuel prices.
Like to sing? West Shore Chorale at UW-Marinette is welcoming new members. They meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building under the direction of David Giebler.
School is back in session, and at least some of the kiddies are probably learning all about division. Their parents may also be learning about division, but of an altogether different sort.
Plants too sometimes need to be divided.
Gardening experts say irises should be divided now, before the second flush of root growth that these plants experience during falls cool, moist weather. Gardeners should examine their iris rhizomes for borer tunnels and soft rot, and destroy all infected plants. They can then divide the healthy plants for a fine and expanded floral display next year. To replant, barely cover small sections of rhizome with a fan of leaves and some roots on each.
After all this severe pruning of the roots, cut leaves back to about one third of their previous height.
If you want flowering plants indoors this winter of fuschia, wax begonia, impatiens, geraniums, and coleus, root cuttings now in vermiculite or perlite. You might want to use rooting hormone powder on cut stem ends. Keep the cutting flats or pots in a calm, shady spot outdoors until mid-September, and then if cold weather threatens, bring them in.
ON THE SOAP BOX
2016 - SEE IT NOW
Politically savvy folks who have seen the film, 2016 are recommending it for everyone. One described it as a very well done documentary of President Obamas life, a must see. Currently showing at the Pine Tree Mall Cinemax, the film comes with spectacular credentials. It was produced by Gerald R. Molen, the man we have to thank for such memorable films as Jurassic Park, Schindlers List and Brave Heart.
According to Conan, one of national televisions late night tongue-in-cheek commentators, a former Navy SEAL has a book out that claims Osama Bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot. The book is called Who Cares? Hes Dead.
STILL ON THE SOAP BOX
Two public hearings are coming up on the controversial proposed revisions to the Marinette County Shoreland Wetland Zoning ordinance, one at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Dunbar Town Hall, the next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Peshtigo Town Hall The proposed amendments will incorporate the changes to NR115, as well as, the Wisconsin Statutes. However, lots of folks opposed to adopting the new restrictions at this time point out that enforcement of the state statute changes has been put off for two years, and they expect that ultimately the law will be changed.
Zoning is such a confounding issue for a nation whose Constitution pledged that no person will be deprived of the right to full enjoyment of his (or her) property for the general good without just compensation. Here we are doing it all the time and convincing ourselves its okay!
Residents in one Marinette County town recently denied a neighbor a zoning change that would have allowed him to build a storage shed rental unit in an area zoned agricultural/ residential. Those buildings generate relatively little traffic, they make very little noise, dont pollute the groundwater, and dont use up the drinking water. He had plenty of land, and maybe he can get a conditional use permit to guarantee elimination of some of the issues neighbors raised.
Problem here is that the neighbors convinced themselves their wishes came before the rights of the guy who pays the taxes, and the law allowed them to enforce that belief.
Sad! And maybe shortsighted.
Can certainly think of a lot worse things. What if their neighbor sold to someone with half a dozen teenage kids with loud cars,loud radios and lots of friends with the same toys. Or how about the proverbial pig farmer? After all, its zoned agricultural.
Wednesday, Sept. 5, marks the 35th anniversary of the launching of Voyager I, the unmanned space craft that has been rocketing toward the edge of our solar system since September of 1977, when it was sent off on its journey past Jupiter and Saturn and on toward an unknown future in the Milky Way.
Scientists say the pioneer space ship is nearing the giant plasma bubble that encloses the solar system and they expect it to soon become the first man-made object ever to escape to the other side.
Voyager I, and its sister ship Voyager II, launched in the opposite direction about two weeks earlier, have been transmitting data for 35 years and continue to send messages although their cameras were shut down years ago.
Voyager I is currently 11 million miles from Earth. It takes about 17 hours for a radio message from the little spacecraft to reach Earth. Scientists say Voyager, about the size of a subcompact car, has enough fuel to last until 2020. Ditto for Voyager II, except that it has traveled only about 9 million miles so far. They carry instruments to study magnetic fields, cosmic rays and charged particles from the sun known as solar wind, as well as gold-plated discs containing multi-lingual greetings, music and pictures, on the off chance that some day, in the far reaches of space, perhaps in a distant galaxy, some intelligent species will receive and understand them.
The twin space journeys, with all the data they have collected about the world beyond our planet, so far have cost $983 million in 1977 dollars. This translates to $3.7 billion 2012 dollars. Compare that with the current national debt, which continues to grow by about $3.87 billion per day.
Incidentally, that horrendous national debt has topped the $16 trillion mark, and will most certainly continue to grow unless there are some serious changes. Currently, American citizens are collecting more money in entitlements and other benefits from the government than working taxpayers and the companies they work for are paying in.
Construction of the new bridge on what was Hwy. 41 in the City of Peshtigo will soon be done, and once again traffic will flow unhindered between the east and west sides of the city. (Or between the north and south sides, depending on how you look at it.)
Dredging in the river will soon be underway, and on Saturday, Sept. 15, waters of the flowage will slowly begin rising, at a rate of about 6 inches a day for a month or so, until normal levels are reached.
Having to go around the city all summer on the new Hwy. 41 by-pass has been a bit of a hassle, but at least there was a by-pass.
Omer Fritz, a lifetime Peshtigo resident, says he was seven or eight years old when a bridge was built in 1926. He recalls having to use horses and a sleigh to cross the frozen river when he wanted to visit relatives on the east side.
Keep enjoying those BLTs, fresh broccoli, summer squash, whatever the garden bounty is giving you. The season wont last much longer, and thats certainly sad to think upon!
GREEK CHOPPED CHICKEN SALAD
This is a great meal in a dish salad. Add other chopped fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, bell peppers, sliced zucchini or yellow squash, second crop radishes, whatever you have that you like raw, in addition to or instead of the ones listed. Use leftover chicken, store-roasted chicken or quickly poach a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts while you prepare the rest of the salad. Flavorful, colorful, healthful, low cal, low carb, and easy on the cook. What more could you want?
1/3 cup red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, basil or oregano or
1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken, (about 12 ounces;
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Shake or whisk first six ingredients together to make the dressing. Toss together everything else, add the dressing and toss again. Youre done! Contains only 11 grams carbs.
Hint: If you dont have cooked chicken, poach 1 pound chicken breasts for this recipe. This is even quicker than stopping at the store to buy a rotisserie chicken, unless youre there already! Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to save the broth for another recipe. Freeze it if you have no immediate plans.
BUTTERY ZUCCHINI BROWNIES
Another way to sneak some vegetables into your family. Granted, theres too much sugar for it to be truly healthy, but maybe in this case, half a loaf is better than none. Pretty darn good loaf, too!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a jelly roll pan. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat the first egg into the butter until completely blended, then beat in the vanilla extract with the last egg. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the zucchini; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, chocolate chips, and walnuts on top. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, 25 to 30 minutes.
SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATE FROSTING
This sugar free and nearly fat-free chocolate frosting is easy to make. After all, it only has 4 ingredients. The recipe calls for Dream Whip. Dream Whip gives any recipe a lighter fluffier result. It makes the frosting less sweet, but more fluffy. Give it a try with your next cake creation. Chocolate frosting goes well with just about any white or chocolate cake. Try it with other flavors of pudding mix for a sweet change.
1 envelope Dream Whip
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup skim milk
1 box (2 ounces) sugar free chocolate pudding
Mix skim milk, vanilla, and Dream Whip (or sugar free whipped topping mix). Beat until stiff. Add pudding mix and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
Thought for the Week: When faced with a moral dilemma, bring to mind the wise words of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf: The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
He didnt say it, but that applies to politics as well as to life in general. You can convince yourself that its fair to sacrifice your neighbors dreams on the altar of your personal selfish wishes. It may be legal, but that doesnt make it right.
(Column written by Shirley Prudhomme of Crivitz. Views expressed are her own and are in no way intended to be an official statement of the opinions of Peshtigo Times editors and publishers. She may be contacted by phone at 715-927-5034 or by e-mail at shirleyprudhommechickadee@yahoo. com.)
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