Country CousinIssue Date: May 24, 2017
Remember Our Heroes...
Anyone have access to a tape measure marked out in cubits? There's a building project we ought to get started on. You bring the tape measure. I'll start gathering the animals.
Seriously, will it ever stop raining? Don't mean permanently, but at least long enough to get the flowers planted so the rain can make them grow!
And whatever happened to Global Warming? It may be warmer than usual on some parts of the globe, but we in northern Wisconsin can testify that certainly isn't the case here. Furnace is still running. Was sure the rain over the weekend would turn into snow.
Chilly or not, Memorial Day weekend is coming up, which means Summer Fun season is under way. Check the pages of the Peshtigo Times, community bulletin boards, and web sites to find out what's going on and when.
On Memorial Day itself, Monday, May 29, pay tribute to the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country, and salute the veterans who fought or were willing to fight, but lived to come home and tell about it. Thank a Veteran on Memorial Day, and say a prayer or two for those who are gone. And don't forget a word of thanks to the families of Veterans who had to make do without them while they were gone.
American Legion and VFW posts all over the county are holding formal Memorial Day services at cemeteries and other locations. Check the community calendars.
Attend the Memorial Day commemorations in your community, and then feel free to celebrate the day.
EVENTS ALL WEEK
ATV trails, campgrounds and parks all over TIMESland are open. Bars, communities and organizations are hosting live music and other fun events, indoors and out, to help make Memorial Day Weekend memorable.
The Crivitz flea markets start this week, on Thursday, May 25 in the parking lot across from St. Mary Church and the Village Hall. They'll continue every Thursday until Labor Day.
The Crivitz Red, White and Music festival starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 in Veterans Memorial Park adjoining the Littleland Playland Park in Crivitz. The fun and live music will last all day.
If sports shooting is your thing, you might want to take time out for the annual Memorial Day Trap Shoot sponsored by Netzel Zenz American Legion Post 413 on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Schaffer Park next to Skip's bar, which is 5 miles west of Crivitz on County Road W. There will be a 50/50 raffle for turkeys and hams. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This event is open to anyone. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Sunday at noon, same location.
Like rummaging? Lots of private sales are advertised, but a really big sale and brat fry will be going on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 at the Wausaukee Town Hall on Hwy. 141 just north of the village. The sale, sponsored by Friends of the Library-Wausaukee and the Knights of Columbus, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there should be bargains aplenty!
You might want to take in the Silver Cliff American Legion Picnic at the Silver Cliff Picnic Grounds off County C just west of downtown Silver Cliff. Memorial Day services there are at 10 a.m., Monday, May 29, followed by the picnic with food and drink available until 5 p.m.
FREE FISHING/FREE ADMISSION
Set aside time for fishing and a visit to Gov. Tommy Thompson State Park next weekend. It's Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. No one needs a license to try to catch that big one on Saturday, June 3 or Sunday, June 4. Caution though: You do not need a license, but you do need to follow the laws, which include bag limits and rules what kinds and sizes of fish can be caught and kept. Trout fishing regulations on Marinette County streams are awfully tricky! Sometimes a fish legal from the same stream on one side of the road is illegal if you're parked on the other side! Someone really needs to force the DNR to make some changes. Conservation Congress has been trying for so long that they've mostly given up.
If you haven't been to Governor Tommy Thompson State Park west of Crivitz, schedule a visit on Open House Weekend, which is Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, just like Free Fishing Weekend. There's no admission charge for the two days of the Open House. The park is open year-round from 6 a.m to 11 p.m. Campsites are available for overnight stays.
Memorial Day really is not like it used to be. Many communities used to have parades in which veterans, Boy and Girl Scouts and other school children marched, bands played, and tanks rolled.
Until just a few years ago, Crivitz had a really wonderful Memorial Day tradition. Legionnaires, AMVETS and DAV members marched or rode in decorated vehicles, in uniform, carrying their colors. Sometimes trucks or a tank or two borrowed from the Army Reserve unit in Marinette would roll along. Scouts marched, and all three Crivitz school bands marched, played patriotic music, and did themselves proud.
This was not like the Fourth of July parade with decorated floats and free candy. It was a tribute parade, gathering followers for services at the cemetery.
As the parade passed, just about all the watchers who were able would fall in behind and follow along, like the Pied Piper in Hamlin Town, until nearly everyone ended up at the cemetery. Then most stayed for speeches, taps and, unless memory fails me, a rifle salute or two.
Wish that wonderful, heartwarming tradition had never ended, or that it would get started again.
Deepest sympathy goes out to the folks in England who lost loved ones in the hateful terrorist bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday, May 22.
According to onlookers, the cowardly bomber, believed to be an Islamic terrorist, appeared to have deliberately targeted children and young people when he drove his vehicle with an improvised explosive device into the crowd. The blast killed 22 people, and injured 59 others. Twelve children under the age of 16 were seriously injured, officials said, and an 8-year-old girl was killed. The suicide attacker, identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, died at the scene. Police are reportedly still trying to determine if he acted alone or as part of a group. A 23-year-old man reportedly was arrested in South Manchester in connection with the attack.
News reports say ISIS has claimed responsibility for the explosion. In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a "soldier of the caliphate" placed explosives at a gathering of "crusaders" (meaning Christians) at the Manchester Arena. The statement said about 30 people were killed and about 70 more were wounded.
President Donald Trump called the Islamic terrorist attackers "losers," saying they would like being called monsters, "but losers is what they are." Agree with that, but would expand the description to "cowardly losers."
Those who commit atrocities and kill themselves in the process are simply too cowardly to face the Earthly consequences for their acts and think they'll escape by going to Allah. They should not be glorified, they should be shown up for what they are, cowardly losers who do not believe their own lives are worth living.
President Trump in speeches last week called on moderate Islamic leaders, particularly religious leaders, to condemn the acts of the terrorists.
Let's see if they do, or if they secretly support the atrocities of their extremist brethren.
At one time, I believed the "Allah" that Muslims worship (we called them Moslems then) was simply our God under another name, just as "Yaweh" is another name for our Father God. After all, the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions all had their foundations in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Have since come to believe that either Allah is a very evil being who hates God and His worshippers, or he does not exist at all. The true God, the kind and benevolent Father who created the heavens and the Earth and sent His own son to redeem us, has to be furious with those who commit atrocities in His name. They might think getting themselves killed is the easy way out. They may learn on Judgment Day that it wasn't the easy way out at all!
GROWING COMPOST - Peat moss or compost is essential to successfully grow heavy-feeding plants in any type of container or raised bed. You have to buy peat moss, but you can make your own compost. Start now to make some home grown compost. In the kitchen, put a smallish container with a tight fitting plastic lid in a handy but somewhat hidden spot. Into it you will be putting things like coffee grounds (filters and all), egg shells, fruit and vegetable trimmings, old bread, etc. All types of food scraps except fatty meats. Then, for an outdoor compost container, select a darker colored 30-gallon trash bin with a tight-fitting lid. Poke holes evenly along the sides near the bottom for drainage.
Set the new compost container outdoors on bricks or cement blocks, far enough from doors and windows to avoid odors, but close enough for handy access. Put some shredded paper or cardboard in the bottom to get started. When the indoor container fills up or starts to smell (whichever comes first), empty it into the larger outdoor one, putting paper scraps between layers. Once a week or so, roll the outdoor compost container around a bit to keep the contents aerated. It takes three to six months to get usable compost.
Prepare a secluded outdoor spot for a compost pile. Then, when your outdoor bin fills to the point where you almost can't lift it, empty it on there. The compost pile is also where you will put lawn rakings and garden stuff, (like weeds), provided there are no pests on them, alternated with contents of the compost container. If you have a dog or cat litter, even that waste can go on the compost heap.
Whether in the compost container or on the compost heap, layers of food scraps should alternate with layers of waste papers, leaves, etc. Do not include the glossy magazine-type paper because it does not deteriorate very easily.
Once the compost heap has existed for a while, after perhaps four to six months, you can shovel out nice dark well rotted compost from the bottom for your planting needs and keep adding to the top. This compost is great for container gardening, among other things.
Once accidentally grew the most delicious potatoes ever in our compost heap. Had thrown out some rotting potatoes, and they grew. All we had to do when we wanted fresh potatoes was reach in between the leaf layers and pick as many as we needed. The rest kept growing until frost killed them.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Friend Maggie Lardnois sent a couple of questions that really bear thinking about, at least after you see the answers.
First question: If you knew a woman who had syphilis, was pregnant, and had eight kids already, with three of them deaf, two blind, and one mentally retarded, would you recommend that she have an abortion?
Second question: If it were time to elect a new world leader, and your vote was the only one that would count, which of these three candidates would you chose:
Candidate A, who associates with crooked politicians, consults with astrologists, has had two mistresses, chain smokes, and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day;
Candidate B, who was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college, and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening; or
Candidate C, who is a decorated war hero, is a vegetarian, who doesn't smoke, drinks only an occasional beer, and was never known to have committed adultery?
You still have to choose. Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Candidate B is Winston Churchill. Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.
And, by the way, on the abortion question, if you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.
Sort of makes a person think before judging someone, and certainly reinforces the arguments against abortion!
Rhubarb is ready for use and so is asparagus. We haven't found any morels yet. Hope it isn't too late. It's time for cookouts, pot lucks, family reunions, showers and graduation parties. Too much to do, too many good things to eat!
SKEWERED GRILLED POTATOES
In case you missed this great grill recipe from Krist Oil, here it is again. Easy way to add delicious variety to your grill menu.
2 pounds Russet potatoes, quartered
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons crushed rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
Place potatoes and water in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high until just tender, about 15 minutes, stirring half way through. Drain and allow them to steam for a few minutes to dry. In a large bowl stir together everything except the potatoes and the skewers you will put them on. Stir in the potatoes and toss around a bit until they are all coated. Cover dish and put in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate. You want to get them out of the fridge and onto the hot grill about 10 to 15 minutes before serving time. Heat grill to high and lightly oil the grate. Remove potatoes from the marinade and onto the skewers. Grill, covered, for three to four minutes. Brush with marinade and turn the skewers over. Grill another three to four minutes. They should show some signs of blistering. Remove from skewers and serve hot. Butter, salt, pepper and sour cream are good go-withs. So is a nice juicy steak.
FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE
This wonderful recipe is not quite like the old fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake we grew up with. It's better. Takes about 15 minutes of actual effort. Easy and delicious offering for a picnic, party or pot luck contribution.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cu vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium can fruit cocktail
1/2 cup flaked coconut (or 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios)
1/2 cu brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios
For the cake, beat sugar, eggs and oil together. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Add fruit cocktail, juice and all. Stir until evenly mixed. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13x2 inch pan. Sprinkle coconut and/or nuts and then the brown sugar evenly over the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. (Use the toothpick test after about 35 minutes.) Start preparing the frosting shortly before the cake is done. For the frosting, place butter, sugar and evaporated milk in a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 5 to 6 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract, coconut and/or nuts. Spread mixture onto cake while both are still hot. Serve warm or at room temperature, with or without ice cream or whipped cream.
RHUBARB DUMP CAKE
1 pound fresh rhubarb, chopped (about 4 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (3 oz.) strawberry flavor gelatin dessert mix
1 package (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup thawed frozen whipped topping
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13X9-inch glass, ceramic or stainless steel baking dish with buttery flavored cooking spray. Put in the rhubarb, and sprinkle on the sugar and gelatin dessert mix. let that sit while you stir up the cake. Using a wire whisk beat together the cake mix, water and melted butter. Spread this mixture evenly over the rhubarb. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, with frozen whipped topping, ice cream, or real whipped cream.
Thought for the week: Education is great, but a word of warning to graduates: just because you've graduated doesn't mean you can stop learning. Educated experts aren't always right. Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. On the other hand, while Noah probably never earned a degree in Ark building, he did have expert input from the Heavenly Architect who designed everything in the first place.
(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 715-291-9002 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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