space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Sportsman's Club Summer Trap Results
* Suring Claims Regional Crowns; Sectional Set for Thursday
* Coleman Claims Conference Crown
* Post-Season Baseball Begins Thursday
* Bulldogs Win Second Straight M&O Golf Title

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Country Cousin

Back Then...



Summer is finally here...or at least it was here. Considering the temperatures of the last few days, it may be gone already. It’s that darn global warming, you know!

Anyway, despite the recent chill, asparagus and rhubarb are making welcome appearances in the garden, at the market and on family tables.

Clans gather when they can in the balmy outdoors - weather, wood ticks and mosquitoes permitting. This is the season for weddings, showers, graduation parties, family reunions and fund raisers and festivals for just about any reason anyone can come up with.

A world-famed travel writer who visited Marinette County in a summer not so long ago marveled at the number of special events offered for public enjoyment here in the North Woods.

Summer is so precious up there, he wrote, That they start throwing parties on Memorial Day and don’t stop until deer season!

He was right, of course. We’re used to all the celebrating, so we’re not surprised. But living somewhere else could get to be downright dull for those of us accustomed to having a full calendar of events to choose from.

Many thanks to all the promoters and sponsors who volunteer their time to make things happen, from Memorial Day services to Hog Wrestling, benefit runs, Porterfield Country Fest, bang-up Fourth of July celebrations, Logging Days and Historical Day, to name just a few.

BACK IN THE DAY



Back in pioneer days folks didn’t go to stores to buy things. First, there weren’t many stores handy, and second, most earlier settlers didn’t have much money handy either. So they made things from what they had on hand. Soda - the drink we called pop - was a rare, if ever, treat. Our parents and grandparents did sometimes have homemade root beer. Also homemade alcoholic wines and beer. Refreshing summer beverages included Ginger Water and Rhubarb Punch, among other things. (See recipes below) Remember, there also were no ice cubes, so chilling probably meant putting the jug of liquid refreshment in the well pit, submerging it in a bucket of icy water from the well, or simply drinking it at room temperature.

That sort of deprivation ended pretty recently for some folks. A friend from Texas, daughter of a sharecropper family, says in her youth they drank a lot of tea. As a special treat, on Sundays they each got an ice chunk for their glass of tea.

Even paper wasn’t plentiful for northwoods pioneers. School children in earlier years used portable chalk boards for much of their work, and actual notebooks were used and reused. We have saved cookbooks in which clipped recipes were pasted over homework in bound paper notebooks.

Among my grandparents’ memorabilia we found a piece of slightly curled white birch bark, on which was penciled an invitation to a house warming party at a new dwelling in the Town of Lake. That precious piece of bark has somehow disappeared from our possessions, but the memory remains. Just another bit of proof that when folks don’t have what they want, they often find a way to provide what they need.

FLAG DAY IS FRIDAY, JUNE 14



The first Flag Day in America was celebrated in 1877, to mark the centennial of our national banner. Although it’s still not an official holiday, Flag Day, by an Act of Congress, was made a permanent observance in America in 1949. We all should take time to honor Old Glory, and give a bit of thought to what it means.

The colors red, white and blue were chosen, probably by General George Washington, because to the original members of the Continental Congress, red stood for hardiness and courage, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance and justice.

The original 13 stars and stripes represented the 13 original American colonies which rallied around the new flag in their fight against the British.

Today, the 13 stripes still commemorate the original 13 colonies, but the number of stars has grown to 50, one for each state in the Union.

Despite our nation’s flaws, Old Glory deserves to be honored as a symbol of freedom, a beacon of hope, for oppressed peoples around the world.

Long may she wave!

Hopefully, she will continue to proudly proclaim the ideals that have always characterized America, and not be used to cover the shame of the generation that allowed the American dream to die!

ON THE SOAP BOX

ENERGY CZAR KEPT PROMISE!




Back in 2009, shortly after our current president was first seated in the Oval Office he appointed a Nobel Peace Prize winner Steven Chu to serve as his Energy Secretary.

That was a clue to some of us that things were going to get as bad as we were afraid they would, and they have!

But never mind today’s $4.19 per gallon price at the pump. Chu is apparently a man of his word, and things will probably get worse. Chu’s word was given to the Greenies who want us to quit using gasoline.

In September of 2008, before being appointed by President Barack Obama to help destroy this nation, Chu had talked to The Wall Street Journal about the benefits of having gasoline prices rise over 15 years to encourage energy efficiency. He said they should raise to European levels, which were about $8 to $10 per gallon. Well, he’s halfway there now. He delivered half of what he promised.

So cheer up folks. Things will likely only get worse, just as Chu intended. Since Obama knew Chu’s goals and put him in a position to achieve them, it’s fair to assume that’s what Obama wanted too!

In other interviews Chu was quoted as aiming to have American gasoline reach $4 a gallon. This week he achieved that goal and passed it by.

He does have one thing to be proud of. He’s actually a politician who kept his word.

That’s unlike his boss, the incumbent president who promised last fall that he would open the American oil fields to drilling and take other steps to bring our gas prices down. A foolish nation believed his promises and re-elected him. See how well he’s kept that promise!

Of the two, seems like Chu is more trustworthy, if totally misguided.

Incredibly, although Chu and his supporters never denied his remarks about favoring $5 and $9 a gallon gasoline, liberal news writers managed to chastise Republicans for repeating those words and for blaming Chu and Obama for promoting an outrageously anti-American energy policy aimed at increasing the price at the pump.

Maybe those reporters should look at the facts. They ought to be proud! Their hero accomplished exactly what he set out to do.

MEXICAN ARREST



Much has been in the news lately about the unfortunate Phoenix-area resident, Yanira Maldonado, who was arrested while visiting Mexico after police there found 12 pounds of marijuana attached to the under side of her bus seat.

She spent what must have been a terrifying week before being released from the mexican jail after a court found the accusations against her were unfounded.

But the whole incident raises the question, What should a tourist do if arrested in Mexico - or any other foreign land - and accused of carrying drugs?

Authorities say you should notify your consulate as soon as possible. Most of us wouldn’t think of it, but anyone traveling abroad should carry the consulate’s phone number. The consulate, America’s representatives abroad, can reach family and friends and provide a list of attorneys.

The U.S. State Department has a free online service to register travel plans and get help in an emergency. Registration is at https://step.state.gov .

Next, hopefully with advice from the consulate, hire a Mexican attorney if you’re in Mexico. Their legal system is far different from ours, presuming guilt instead of innocence.

Serious advisors say good attorneys also know how to handle demands for money, distinguishing shakedowns from legitimate expenses for legal requirements.

The final bit of advice is to do as Maladonado’s family did, and appeal to the news media. Focusing public attention on a situation helps greatly toward getting it resolved fairly.

On the other hand, given the drug situation at the Mexican/American border, plus the record of violence against Americans in Mexico, the smartest thing would probably be not to go there in the first place. That’s a shame, but it’s the way things really are.

COOKIN’ TIME



Rhubarb and asparagus are coming into their own this week, and strawberries probably won’t be far behind. Farm and garden markets are now open for the season, at least in Crivitz and Marinette, and roadside stands are starting to open here and there.

GRILLED FISH PACKETS

Grilling reaches new levels with these luscious packets aimed at getting full enjoyment from the day’s catch. If there was no catch, go ahead and buy the fish. They’ll still taste good.

2 lemons, each cut into 10 slices, ends discarded

8 small fish fillets, about one pound total

1/2 cup (1/2 of an 8-ounce tub) Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread

1 green onion, thinly sliced, divided

12 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed, cut diagonally into 2-inch lengths

1/2 cup chopped sweet red peppers

Heat grill to medium heat. Arrange three lemon slices, slightly overlapping, on half of each of 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil sprayed with cooking spray. Place fish, skinned-sides up, on work surface. Spread each with 1 tablespoon cream cheese spread; top each with 2 teaspoons onions. Roll up, starting at thin end of each fillet. Place two roll-ups, seam-sides down, on lemon slices on each foil sheet; top with asparagus and peppers. Fold each foil sheet to make packet. Grill 6 to 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Carefully open foil packets; top fish with remaining onions and lemon slices. Substitute grape tomatoes for the asparagus if you prefer, or add them too. If you have larger fillets, just cook them longer. Good served with hot cooked brown rice or couscous.

SPRINGTIME MINESTRONE

Whip up a batch of this light and luscious soup to put springtime vegetables to good use. Takes only about 35 minutes, start to finish, to prepare enough soup for 12 servings. Great for a soup and sandwich meal on the deck (or, this being Wisconsin, in front of the fireplace).

1/4 cup olive oil

2 large leeks (light parts only), chopped

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

2 quarts (8 cups) chicken stock

1 tablespoon dried Parsley Flakes

2 teaspoons dried Basil Leaves

2 teaspoons dried Thyme Leaves

2 cups shelled fresh fava beans (or package frozen baby lima beans)

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces

1 can (16 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

1 cup fresh or frozen peas

1/2 cup green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

Salt, pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste.

Heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepot on medium-high heat. Add leeks, carrots and celery; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until vegetables soften. Add stock, parsley, basil and thyme. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Stir in fava or lima beans, asparagus, chickpeas, peas and green beans. Cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and additional parsley, if desired.

MRS. WILMARTH’S GINGER WATER

This old, old recipe comes from Carol, a friend, co-worker and marvelous cook who shares a fascination with recipes. It dates back to the days when folks made wo with what they had, and did it very well, too. The person who contributed the recipe origin ally said Mrs. Willmarth used to mix up the beverage and give it to them to drink when it was so hot while haying. She described the flavor as like ginger ale without the fizz. Ginger incidentally is good for the digestion, so there could be other benefits to this drink.

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons vinegar

Pinch cream of tartar

Powdered ginger to taste

1 quart water

Mix together the sugar, ginger and cream of tartar. Add vinegar, and then stir in the quart of water.

RHUBARB TREATS

Rhubarb makes many wonderful treats. There are only a few simple rules. First, never, ever peel rhubarb, just wash to get rid of sand and other foreign materials and cut away any discolored or damaged portions. Get rid of all the leaves. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, and can even be used to concoct bug repellents, but that’s for another column on another day. The stalks are delicious and make refreshing beverages, jams, desserts and sauces.

RHUBARB JAM

Makes four half pint jars. Each pound of rhubarb should equal about three cups of chopped rhubarb. Taste this before you finish. The needed sugar depends a bit on the tartness of the rhubarb.

2 1/2 pounds fresh chopped rhubarb (about 7 cups)

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1/3 cup orange juice

1/2 cup water

In a saucepan, combine the rhubarb, sugar, orange zest, orange juice and water. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until thick. It will thicken more as it cools. Ladle into hot sterile jars, and seal with lids and rings. Store in the refrigerator.

APPLE RHUBARB JAM

Flavor is slightly reminiscent of apple butter. Think some day I’ll try it with some allspice and nutmeg added in addition to the cinnamon.

3 cups diced rhubarb

3 cups diced peeled apples

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 (2 ounce) package dry pectin

In a large saucepan mix together the rhubarb, apples, sugar, water and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until the fruit is soft. Stir in the pectin and boil for 5 minutes. Ladle into sterile jars, wipe rims with a clean cloth or paper towel, and seal with new lids. Process in a bath of simmering water for at least 10 minutes. Store unopened jars in a cool dark place. Refrigerate jam after opening.

GINGER RHUBARB PUNCH

This is another old, old beverage for a hot summer day. In the original the Ginger Water from the recipe above would have been used instead of the carbonated ginger ale, but we’re spoiled today.

1 1/2 pounds rhubarb

1 quart water

2 cups artificial sweetner (or equivalent real sugar) lemon juice 1/4 cup (16 tablespoons)

Pinch of salt

Ice cubes- as required

30 ounce bottle low-calorie ginger ale

Cut the rhubarb, into small cubes. Put rhubarb and water in a non-reactive saucepan and cook until tender. Pass the mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Mix in the sweetner, lemon juice and salt. Refrigerate the mixture until chilled. At serving time add the ginger ale.

Thought for the Week:

Many young people this month are stepping out into the real world after completing their formal educations. Hope they resolve to keep learning, keep growing, even though their school days are done. Don’t know who Jiddu Krishnamurti was, but he was right when he advised: There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

(This column is 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.)

The Country Cousin


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
05-24-2017Sports
Sportsman's Club Summer Trap Results

05-24-2017Sports
Suring Claims Regional Crowns; Sectional Set for Thursday

05-24-2017Sports
Coleman Claims Conference Crown

05-24-2017Sports
Post-Season Baseball Begins Thursday

05-24-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-24-2017Perspectives
From our readers

05-24-2017Perspectives
From My Window

05-24-2017Obituaries
Joyce Schroeder

05-24-2017Obituaries
Curtis R. Larsen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Joseph L. Kwasny, Jr.

05-24-2017Obituaries
Sandra M. Jarvey

05-24-2017Obituaries
Eleanor C. Brooks

05-24-2017Obituaries
William "Bill" Borkowski,

05-24-2017Obituaries
Isabel M. Williams

05-24-2017Obituaries
Brendalee E. Watkins

05-24-2017Obituaries
Gene G. Voelker

05-24-2017Obituaries
Priscilla A. Thomson

05-24-2017Obituaries
Genevieve O. Suennen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Shirley Sonnenberg

05-24-2017Obituaries
Raymond A. Schultz

05-24-2017Obituaries
Connie G. Schuettpelz

05-24-2017Obituaries
Gloria A. Reynen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Edward A. Oehler

05-24-2017Obituaries
Peter J. Nerenhausen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Crystal Marohl

05-24-2017Obituaries
Jerry L. Lewis

05-24-2017Obituaries
Ruth A. Lasecki

05-24-2017Obituaries
Joseph O. Kershek, Jr.

05-24-2017Obituaries
Lawrence A. Heim

05-24-2017Obituaries
Marian J. Diemer

05-24-2017Obituaries
James Burmeister

05-24-2017Obituaries
Linda L. Ballard

05-24-2017Obituaries
Ruth Legault

05-24-2017Obituaries
Jane M. Albers

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Church Rummage Sale May 27

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Legion Unit 66 Sets Memorial Day Plans

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Great North Bank Ranger Bank Winners

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Legion Memorial Day Services May 29th

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Family Education Event at Northwoods

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meeting on June 1

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz High School Ranked 56th of Over 500 Schools

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Zoning Board Request Village Change Ordinance Footage

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
Live Music at CHS Classes Reunion

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
Little Free Library Now in Coleman

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
10th Annual Village Pound Car Show June 24th

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman School Plans Benefit for Teacher

05-24-2017Front Page
Ground Breaking for New Community Rec Center

05-24-2017Front Page
Grant Hearing On County Board May 30 Agenda

05-24-2017Front Page
Oconto County Rejects Variance For B & D Dairy

05-24-2017Front Page
To Present School Needs Study Proposals May 24

05-24-2017Front Page
Oconto County To Take LEC Ownership May 26

05-17-2017Obituaries
Betty J. Beschta

05-17-2017Obituaries
Richard L. Cairns, Jr.

05-17-2017Obituaries
Gary L. Currie

05-17-2017Obituaries
Debra D. Edlebeck

05-17-2017Obituaries
Ellen Francois

05-17-2017Obituaries
Laurence A. Greening

05-17-2017Obituaries
Kay Grenier

05-17-2017Obituaries
Hilton R. Huncosky

05-17-2017Obituaries
Irene J. Kelly

05-17-2017Obituaries
Dennis J. Larsen

05-17-2017Obituaries
Mitchel J. Long

05-17-2017Obituaries
Rosalie A. Nichols

05-17-2017Obituaries
Norman Paul

05-17-2017Obituaries
Rodger Phillips

05-17-2017Obituaries
Jane E. Reschke

05-17-2017Obituaries
Katherine E. Sauld

05-17-2017Obituaries
Linda L. Sevon

05-17-2017Obituaries
Erna Splingaire

05-17-2017Obituaries
Janice L. Storrm

05-17-2017Obituaries
Marie Tomaszewski

05-17-2017Obituaries
Doris E. Vieth

05-17-2017Obituaries
Thomas L. Vieth

05-17-2017Sports
Bulldogs Win Second Straight M&O Golf Title

05-17-2017Sports
Peshtigo Boys, Suring Girls Repeat as M&O Champions

05-17-2017Sports
Coleman Can Clinch Title Against Niagara

05-17-2017Sports
Coleman Adds Another M&O Title to Banner

05-17-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-17-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

05-17-2017Perspectives
From My Window

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Town Board Okays Committee Members

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Athelstane To Buy Compactor for Recycling

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Wagner Gets Update on Permit Process Changes

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Graduation Ceremony is May 21

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
Pelkin's Meat Market Voluntary Recalls Sausage

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Memorial Day Starts at M I Cemetery

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion PTSD 5K Run/ 1 Mile Walk

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
CBA Urges Businesses, Groups To List Events

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Buys Equipmen

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
10th Annual Village Pound Car Show June 24th

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
Pound Woman's Club Holds Banquet May 9

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 2017 Graduation May 27

05-17-2017Front Page
Law Enforcement Memorial at Marinette May 16th

05-17-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Is Looking At Possible New Well

05-17-2017Front Page
Wage Study Unveiled For Personnel Committee

05-17-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Finance Considers Rate Review of Fees

05-17-2017Front Page
Middle Inlet Considers Sex Offender Ordinance

05-10-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

05-10-2017Sports
AREA TRACK & FIELD

05-10-2017Sports
M&O Softball

05-10-2017Sports
M&O Baseball

05-10-2017Obituaries
Darlene Wright 

05-10-2017Obituaries
Virginia E. Wilson

05-10-2017Obituaries
Kimberly J. Trepanier

05-10-2017Obituaries
Patrick A. Tobin

05-10-2017Obituaries
Walter Sucharsky

05-10-2017Obituaries
Ruth L. Rose

05-10-2017Obituaries
LeRoy H. Otto

05-10-2017Obituaries
James Lauerman

05-10-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-10-2017Obituaries
Faye I. Larsen

05-10-2017Obituaries
Christian J. Kenney

05-10-2017Obituaries
Richard W. Hartman

05-10-2017Obituaries
Janet G. Groleau

05-10-2017Obituaries
Bernard A. Donlevy

05-10-2017Obituaries
Melvin H. Dausey

05-10-2017Obituaries
Sharon N. Belanger

05-10-2017Obituaries
Richard E. Brevitz

05-10-2017Obituaries
Renee M. Radtke

05-10-2017Perspectives
From our readers

05-10-2017Perspectives
From My Window

05-10-2017Obituaries
Karen D. Philipps

05-10-2017Obituaries
Priscilla Nielsen

05-10-2017Obituaries
Thomas O. Meyer

05-10-2017Obituaries
Karen J. Marineau

05-10-2017Obituaries
Marion J. LaFever

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
WPS Helps Wausaukee Students Plant Trees

05-10-2017Obituaries
Ronald A. Laabs

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Rescue Had 20 Runs In April

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane/Silver Cliff Unit 66 Lists Two Badger State Girls

05-10-2017Obituaries
Cassidy M. Krische

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
Open House at SC Fire, Rescue in May

05-10-2017Obituaries
Dorothy L. Hoeffler

05-10-2017Obituaries
Patricia A. Hestand

05-10-2017Obituaries
Cynthia R. Etersky 

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
Stickmann at Municipal Judge Orientation & Institute

05-10-2017Obituaries
Willington "Bill" DeTemple Sr.

05-10-2017Obituaries
Corliss L. Castello

05-10-2017Obituaries
Beatrice M. Brzezinski

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
Town of Stephenson Committees Held Meets

05-10-2017Obituaries
Russell R. Allen

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Post Office to Stamp out Hunger

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
2017 Crivitz High School Graduation is May 20th

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Hosts Memorial Day Program

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Village of Pound Car Show Set for June 24

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 2017 Graduation May 27

05-10-2017Front Page
LEGION HONORS TIMM

05-10-2017Front Page
Name Cleereman To Head County Land Information

05-10-2017Front Page
County Plans To End Park Day Use Fees


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think President Trump being tough with North Korea is the thing to do?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites