Country CousinIssue Date: October 3, 2019
Autumn is definitely here, and in many places leaves are falling fast. Those who know about these things tell us this coming weekend and next should be the peak of Fall Color Season this year in TIMESland.
Some of the best woodland drives for fall color viewing are County I from Hwy. C to Goodman Park (formerly north Parkway Road), Gov. Thompson State Park and the Caldron Falls/High Falls flowage area west of Crivitz, and the Thunder Mountain Overlook area, also west of Crivitz. From that overlook on a clear day you can see all the way to the waters of Green Bay far to the east.
Some of the back roads in the Marinette County Forest west of Hwy. 141 and north of County X in Middle Inlet also offer great rustic road driving experiences.
Sad that the beautiful colors of Fall in TIMESland this year may be muted by continued clouds and rain. Weather forecasters are predicting dreary rainy, cloudy days from now until Monday, Oct. 7, when the sun might shine (during the day) until the clouds and rain move in again on Thursday, Oct. 10. On the bright side, predictions are for continued relatively warm weather, with daytime highs in the 50s and 60s, and lows in the 40s for the next 10 days.
No frost in the local forecast yet, though some areas did experience a bit of light frost last week. Guess we're lucky - places in Montana spent part of last week "enjoying" one of their earliest blizzards ever.
Scary to think what we're in for if the rain we've been having all summer and fall continues as snow after winter sets in.
In addition to enjoying the fall colors, folks this weekend can enjoy Wausaukee's 11th annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on Saturday, Oct. 5. They're expecting well over 100 vendor stands offering all sorts of products from garden produce at Farmer's Market stands to home crafted items and merchant specials all along Main Street (Hwy. 141) in downtown Wausaukee. There will be free horse drawn wagon rides, free face painting for the kids, live music by The Music Jar and Chip Breaker, and lots of good food and drink, including the ever-popular Chicken Booyah for which Wausaukee's Fall Festival is famous.
PEMBINE CRAFT SHOW
A week later, on Saturday, Oct. 12, Grace Lutheran Church, at the corner of Minnie and Sauld streets in Pembine, sponsors its 19th annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nada Surface, one of the craft show organizers, says this will be a really big day in Pembine, since the craft show coincides with Homecoming festivities for the Pembine/Goodman/Niagara High School Football team.
There is to be a Homecoming parade in Pembine at 9:30 a.m. that goes right past the church. The Homecoming events then move to Goodman where there will be parade at 11 a.m., and the Football Game at 1 p.m. Goodman, Niagara and Pembine schools combine forces to share a football team.
Surface said in addition to home made craft items their show will feature lots of good food and drink, including homemade baked goods and the delicious "Bessie Burgers" for which their show is famous. Raffle tickets will be sold all day, and you don't have to be present to win.
Surface said funds raised at the craft show to to the WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church) Angel Fund. She said crafters meet every Tuesday at the church to make items that are sent to troops overseas, the VA hospital in Iron Mountain, and gifts for newborns in families that need them. On Thursdays quilters meet to make quilts that go overseas, and another group knits scarves and hats for school kids in Pembine.
HARMONY GARDENS FALL FEST
Also coming up on Sat., Oct. 12 is the Halloween themed Fall Family Fun Fest at Harmony Gardens Arboretum on County E just a little north and west of Peshtigo. From 2 to 5 p.m. there will be hands-on nature crafts, games,farm animal learning and petting area and much more. No charge for admission, but a food pantry contribution is accepted.
HALLOWEEN IS COMING
Halloween is coming up fast. You can tell by all the ghostly decorations sprouting on doorsteps, and in yards and gardens.
In preparation for the big day, advise your friends to eat, drink and be scary. Tell them life is gourd, and they should lift their spirits. Tell Mom you've named her "Mummy of the year." And wish everyone a Happy Howl-oween.
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Each year the second week of October is observed as National Fire Prevention Week. It is getting harder and harder for our Volunteer Fire Departments to find personnel that some of them are being forced to combine to continue serving their communities.
Volunteer firefighters do such a great job, and give so freely of their time that they deserve to be recognized. They not only give their time to train and risk their lives to fight fires, they sponsor fund raising events that benefit the entire area.
Maybe in addition to Fire Prevention Week we should have something like a National Firefighters Day to honor those wonderful volunteers. Perhaps other community organizations should sponsor dinners in their honor, and include the families who share their time for the benefit of the entire community. That wouldn't be much, but it would at least be a small way to show our appreciation.
Timing of Fire Prevention Week is based on the inclusion of October 8, anniversary date of the Peshtigo and Chicago fires that demolished entire areas in the dry autumn of 1871.
As nearly everyone in TIMESland knows, what today is the City of Peshtigo was built on the ashes of the Peshtigo Fire that destroyed the City of Peshtigo and nearly everything and everyone in and around it on the night of Oct. 8 to 9, 1871. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, that fire burned an area 10 miles wide and 40 miles long across portions of six northeastern Wisconsin counties, obliterating the Towns of Peshtigo and Brussels, which lies on the other side of the Bay of Green Bay, and killing 1,000 to 1,500 people.
Recently became the owner of a little book by Alice Judy Behrend titled, "Burning Bush." Behrend tells the stories of many area families that lived in Peshtigo before and after the fire. The book includes a brief report on several makeshift hospitals in Marinette where fire survivors were cared for, complete with listings of patient names and the extent of injuries for some of them.
The Dunlap House Hospital on Dunlap Square in Marinette list Dr. Jacob May of Fond du Lac as director. Lorenzo Race was among those listed as a patient, and Harley Race as a male nurse. Apparently the nation was responding to Peshtigo's needs. According to the book, pay for nurses was $1.50 per day, "provided by relief funds pouring in from all over the country."
Many of the patients survived the effects of their exterior burns, but died from "acute bronchitis" brought on by inhalation of smoke and super heated air.
There was also Merryman Hospital, in the A. C. Merryman Boarding House, and a hospital was set up at the Kirby House Hotel in Menominee. Farm homes of Phillip Fetterly and Abram Place and others close to the perimeter of the fire took in all the hurt and homeless they could care for.
Doctors came from Appleton, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Milwaukee to help care for the ill and injured. A building behind the Presbyterian Church in Marinette became home to 65 of the many children who were injured physically and emotionally while being orphaned by the fire.
In a country with few roads and fewer wagons after many were destroyed by the fire, as many patients as possible were transported for care in unburned areas of Oconto and Brown counties and beyond.
A few of the survivors left Peshtigo and Marinette County after the fire but many stayed, found new spouses, forged new families, lived with their physical and emotional scars, and resumed their efforts to tame the land.
The result is the tree lined city and countryside that exists today, living proof that people and fields and forests will survive, and carry on life as best they can.
ON THE SOAP BOX
STOP THE NEVER TRUMPERS
For nearly four years the "Never Trumpers" have been creating havoc by determinedly fighting to overturn the will of the majority of voters in this nation, who decided they wanted Donald Trump for President. Members of the Liberal Left - the majority of Democrats these days - have accomplished pretty much nothing except to create and promote dissent and hatred in this once great nation.
Now it appears the "Never Trumpers" may finally have found an excuse (not a reason) to impeach the President elected in 2016, and voters last November may have foolishly given them the majority in the House of Representatives that they need to accomplish it.
Totally agree with a statement attributed to President Donald Trump that the Liberals aren't really interested in him, they just want what they always have wanted: To take away our guns, our Christian beliefs and our freedoms. Since Trump has been standing in the way, he has to go.
We need to thank President Trump for doing that, and talk everyone we can into jumping off the anti-Trump bandwagon promoted by the disgraceful distorted mainstream media and pushed by too many of the intellectually elite - including many teachers and professors who seem to be unaccountably Socialist.
(Actually, their Socialism is easily explainable: They believe that those of us who are not of the intelligentsia are too ignorant and stupid to take care of ourselves so we need a government that's willing to do our thinking (and spending) for us. Give them your hard earned dollars. They will take good care of them!)
Most of us who supported Donald Trump for President the last time around would vote for him again, even if the Congress illegally votes for impeachment on their "trumped up" charges. (Sort of think that phrase must have been created in advance specifically to express what is happening in this situation. Sure is appropriate right now.)
The Democrat Party legislators in Washington have done nothing in the last four years except try to find one excuse after another to get President Trump out of office. If they succeed in thwarting the decision of our electoral system they will have destroyed everything this nation has stood for, and will count it as the greatest achievement of their pathetic political careers!
Let us hope and pray (fervently!) that their efforts do not succeed!
PUT TOGETHER WITH LOVE
Have a sister who is a dedicated quilter, so it struck a special chord when the family of a high school friend chose this verse for the remembrance card for her funeral:
"Our family is like a patchwork quilt, with kindness gently sewn, each piece an original, with beauty all its own. With threads of warmth and happiness, it's lightly stitched together, to last in love throughout the years - Our family is forever."
Also loved the verse on the other side of the card:
"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
"I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
"I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
The lady that verse was printed for was surely one who will be remembered with smiles and laughter, since she spent her whole life sharing so much of both with everyone around her, and seemed to find joy in life despite a long struggle with illness that could easily have turned a lesser person into a dour old sourpuss.
Am pretty sure God and His angels are enjoying her company in Heaven now!
Gardens are nearly done for the year but some things continue to come in. If your tomatoes are still thriving, pull up some plants with unripe tomatoes by the roots and hang them upside down in the basement. We did that one year and were still picking fresh tomatoes in December. Brussels Sprouts taste best if they're left on their stalks until after the frost hits, so their season is still to come.
ROTISSERIE CHICKEN ANDN CORN CHOWDER
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 tablespoons butter
1 leek (white and light green parts), halved and sliced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
4 cups chicken stock
3/4 pound red potatoes cut into 1/2-inch chunks
6 sprigs fresh thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 cup fresh corn kernels, or frozen corn, thawed
Sliced fresh chives, for serving
Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat until browned and crisp, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon. Into the same kettle put butter and leeks. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and fennel. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk and then stock. Add potatoes and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Add corn and bring back to a boil. Add chicken and cook until soup is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard thyme. Serve topped with crispy bacon and chives.
UNSTUFFED CABBAGE CASSEROLE
Make this no-fuss replacement for stuffed cabbage rolls. The flavor is still there, but the work is left out.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can crushed tomatoes, 28 ounces
1 packet Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing Mix
8 cups coarsely shredded cabbage
1 cup instant brown rice
Brown meat with onions in large deep non-stick skillet or Dutch oven. Add tomatoes and dressing mix. Mix well and then stir in the cabbage. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat 20 to 25 minutes or until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in water and rice; bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, on low heat 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir again and then let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving. good crusty bread is all you really need to serve with this, except maybe Apple Pie and ice cream for dessert if you're really hungry - or really ambitious.
WALNUT ZUCCHINI MUFFINS
Packed with nutrition, these muffins are disguised as a sweet treat. Recipe makes one dozen.
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and spray with vegetable oil. In a large bowl mix the first six ingredients preferably using a wire whisk instead of the mixer. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Fold in the zucchini, nuts and raisins. Fill the prepared muffin cups three quarters full. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool five minutes before removing muffins from pan to a wire rack to cool. Best served warm, but good cold too. To freeze, seal well in air tight container. Then thaw at room temperature, or in microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds.
The Country Cousin
Thought for the week: Take time to savor Autumn, which is all too brief. Consider, as John Burroughs did "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." An unknown author commented, "Just before the death of flowers, And before they are buried in snow, There comes a festival season When nature is all aglow." Hal Borland called Autumn the eternal corrective, and said it is "ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance." He then asked, as we all should, "What man can stand with Autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?" God certainly does know how to put on a color show! How good of Him to do that for us!
(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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