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Shorter Summer Months?...

Summer is just hurtling by as it always does. Why is June so short, and February so long? February has fewer days! The rains seem to have gentled out into brief afternoon monsoons that break up otherwise beautiful days. Hopefully the violent storms we endured in June are done for this year. Weather so far in July has been fine, but of course, the month is only five days old!

Mosquitoes thrive on rain, and we've had quite enough of that. Backwaters, swamps and even too many fields are mud holes this year, so mosquitoes abound. Heard some are big enough to be kept out by a chain link fence, but it isn't the big ones that hurt the worst. The pesky little ones, small enough to come right in through the window screen, seem to have the meanest stings.

On the bright side, as mosquitoes get worse, the ticks don't seem quite as plentiful as they were. Maybe the mosquitoes are eating them when there aren't enough humans around.

SAFELY HOME

Remember the brief but violent wind storm that hit on the afternoon of Sunday, June 11.

At least one overnight-sized sailboat out of Menominee had spent that weekend in Door County and was headed for home on Sunday afternoon, intending to make it before the storm hit. Wrong! It's a tribute to the skipper that the boat and everyone aboard made it safely to shore without anyone dying of fright or other causes. And yes, they will sail on the Bay again!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Whether we're home for summer holidays or winter ones, home is wherever love flows easiest and laughter comes most readily. Laughter is good for the heart, and good for the soul. As Russian immigrant comedian/philosopher Yakov Smirnov observed, "If love is the treasure, laughter is the key." He also said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." He was right on both counts, but it must be kind laughter, full of joy, not ridicule.

LOVES TIMESLAND

Even with mosquitoes, TIMESland is a great place to live, work and play. A reader who identified himself only as "Jerry from Amberg" chose to put his love for the area into a poem. Here it is, shortened just bit.

The following poem, shortened just a bit, came to us in an e-mail from a person who obviously loves TIMESLand:

"Oh how I've waited for soft summer days

"With dew covered grass and foggy morning haze.

"When off we do go to a far distant lake where the challenge of fishing I'm most eager with my pals to partake.

"I've fished in Wisconsin since I was a lad.

"The thought of it ending would make me quit sad.

"Now it's odd that a fish would sell it's life for a small piece of bait

"But deep fried fish and fries"Oh, wow, I can't wait!"

Jerry goes on to observe that Northern Wisconsin is indeed a wonderful place, and says he watches "the fine folks from the southern regions of Wisconsin, Illinois,and Indiana pick the store shelves clean in the Crivitz Piggly Wiggly store every summer weekend."

He observes that the visitors have grocery stores where they live, but shopping up here is part of the excitement of the trip to the north with its friendly people and pine scented air.

He ended with the observation that: "I'm not religious but I chose a heavenly place to spend my remaining years on this planet to live. If there's a great spirit then I think that he likes northern Wisconsin."

Must agree with you, Jerry from Amberg!

CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE

Independence Day has come and gone, but summer celebrations continue. Marinette's big Logging and Heritage Festival is on Friday, July 7, Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 with a multitude of events.

The Coleman Firemen's Picnic, with this year's theme, "The Wild West," is coming up next weekend, from Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16.

LOGGING HISTORY

This coming weekend the City of Marinette will celebrate its rich logging heritage. A short look at industries in Marinette's early days makes it very clear that logging is what made the area grow and prosper. It is also clear that fire was a constant threat, but businesses survived.

In 1867, Goddard, White and W.A. Ellis opened a factory on "Joe Bart Island," which is now known as Stephenson Island. They made sash, doors, and blinds and did planing and moulding. This plant burned in 1870, was rebuilt, and burned again in 1875. In 1879, James Tweedie build a new factory on the same site, which operated until the late 1880s. Tweedie was Marinette County's first Coroner.

D. Clint Prescott, Trumbell, and Curver built a machine shop for repair and manufacture of sawmill and mining machinery on Joe Bart Island in 1867. During the fire that destroyed the planing mill in 1870, Prescott's plant was also destroyed. The company moved to new quarters on Main Street, and the name was changed to Marinette Iron Works. The Prescotts developed the steam-feed and set works, which revolutionized the sawing of lumber. They also manufactured car wheels and pumping machinery for the copper and iron mines in northern Michigan. In the early 1890s they moved their plant to Duluth, but a few years later, they returned and built another large plant in Menominee.

In 1880, the Marinette Paper Company began the gradual turning of the local economy from lumber to paper manufacture. The Victory Bag and Paper Company, known as the Marinette Paper Company's converter plant, was started in 1918 and operated until 1930, when it was changed to tissue and towel conversion by the Continental Paper and Bag Company. It later became Scott Paper Company, and was one of the two largest employers in Marinette County.

The Menekaunee Planing Mill was started by Jacob Lindem in 1882. In 1907 he was bought out by Sofus Miller, and the name was changed to Miller Sash and Door, as it remains today.

The M&M Box Company was built by John B. Nadeau (father of Dr. A.T. Nadeau) for Cook and Rathborne of Chicago and incorporated in 1890. In 1927, it was purchased by the Coffey brothers, but continued to be known as M&M Box Shop until it closed in 1989.

COURAGE

Last week's column included a reprint of the Declaration of Independence signed by 56 of our nation's Founding Fathers who represented their colonies in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776.

The original copy of the Declaration is considered so valuable that it spent World War II in the safety of Fort Knox, Ky.

The oldest of the Founding Fathers to sign was Benjamin Franklin, age 70, and the youngest was Edward Rutledge, a lawyer from South Carolina who was only 26.

It is hard today to fully understand the courage it took for those brave men to sign the document that made them traitors to England, the most powerful nation in the world at that time.

If the United States had lost the war, those who were captured would almost certainly have ben hung or shot, and their fortunes would have been forfeited to the Crown, leaving their families fatherless and destitute.

But they did sign it, and because of their courage, the United States that they forged later set the standard for a new era of freedom in the world.

Not only America, but the entire free world, owes them a huge "Thank You."

Signers of the document on behalf of the original 13 colonies were:

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Waltona

Only one of the signers, Richard Stockton, a lawyer from Princeton, New Jersey, later recanted his support of the revolution. He was captured by the British on Nov. 30, 1776, and had spent months as a captive suffering short rations and hash treatment. Stockton, under extreme duress, swore allegiance to King George III, but in December of 1777, after regaining his freedom, Stockton took a new oath of loyalty to the state of New Jersey.

LOVE AND LAUGHTER

Holidays bring families together. For happy families, that means lots of laughter. Laughter is good for the heart, and good for the soul. As comedian/philosopher Yakov Smirnoff has said, "If love is the treasure, laughter is the key." He also said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." He was right on both counts.

COOKIN' TIME

Cookouts, picnics, pot lucks, and busy days at the beach or in the yard or garden call for good food that's easy to fix and easy to eat. Enjoy!

GREEK TZATZIKI SLIDERS

Hard to pronounce, but oh, so easy to make and eat. A nice change if you've been having to omany brats and burgers. Cook on the grill or in a frying pan indoors. You can serve these little burgers just wrapped in a lettuce leaf, and forget the pita bread if you prefer. Also can be wrapped in a wheat taco shell or put into a small dinner roll if you don't have flat bread around. Remember, if you do not have the fresh herbs a recipe calls for, substitute with 1/3 the amount of dried. For examle, one tablespoon of fresh dill weed or parsley can be replacd with 1 teaspoon dried.

Sliders:

1 pound lean ground turkey

1/3 cup chopped red onion

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt & pepper

Sliced fresh tomatoes, optional

Pita bread

Greek Yogurt Tzatziki:

6 ounces plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey

1 leaves leaf lettuce, red or green

In a small bowl combine all the Tzatziki Sauce ingredients and chill. Do this ahead if you like, or just before serving. Then, in a medium bowl mix together all slider ingredients until combined. Form into small patties. (Make 11 of them if you want slider size. Bigger is okay too.) Cook on hot grill, or place a skillet over medium high heat. Spray with non stick cooking spray and place half of the patties in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining patties. To assemble, lay one slider on a piece of lettuce, top with tzatziki and wrap. Slip in a tomato slice if you like. Placed on a plate, these are a fine main course with perhaps buttered rice, fresh green beans, and sliced tomatoes on the side. If you're going to serve them as pitas, cut pita breads in half, open the center and tuck in a slider or two. The patties topped with the sauce and wrapped in just lettuce can be served as the main dish for a meal or as appetizers.

FLAG PIZZA

Even though the 4th of July is gone, the season for summer celebrating continues. Create this easy to make beauty for your next family get-together.

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

16 ounces cream cheese

1 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 large bananas, sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 pound fresh strawberries, cleaned and thickly sliced

6 ounces fresh blueberries, washed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. In a large mixing bowl whip together the shortening, butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. The result should be workable dough. Spread the dough onto an ungreased 12 by 17-inch baking pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool completely. Wash the strawberries and blueberries and let them sit to dry while you do the rest. Beat the cream cheese filling with 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until smooth. Slice bananas into a bowl and toss the slices with lemon juice. When the cookie crust has cooled spread on the cream cheese filling to cover completely in a smooth, even layer. Place the blueberries in even rows in a neat square in the upper left hand corner. (You're making a flag. To be politically correct, you should use 50 blueberries, but who's counting?) Starting and ending with strawberries, place the sliced strawberries and sliced bananas in alternating rows on the rest of the cream cheese covered base. Ideally, there should be seven strawberry rows and six banana ones. If you're making this ahead it might be best to leave room for the banana slice rows but not slice the bananas and add them until it's almost time to set out your eye-catching dessert. The lemon juice helps keep the banana slices from turning brown, but after a time they may do that anyway. Another solution to this is have on hand a can of spray whipped toping and squirt it over the banana rows, being sure to let the strawberry rows show.

The Country Cousin

Thought for the week: The wise and brave forefathers who paved the way for the United States of America by writing and signing the Declaration of Independence declared that life, liberty, peace, prosperity and happiness are things we have the right to pursue and strive for without interference from government, not things that should be given to us by government. Some of us tend to forget that.

(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 shirleyprudhommechickadee@yahoo.com.)


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