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Issue Date: August 2, 2018

Settlers Day...

TIMESland has been enjoying some spectacularly fine summer weather this year - sometimes too much heat, but in general, just enough rain to keep lawns green and gardens growing, enough hot sunshine for water-related fun, and evenings mostly cool enough for sleeping. Doesn't get much better than this!

SETTLERS DAY PICNIC

On Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. the Crivitz Museum will host a Settlers' Day Picnic on the museum grounds, which once was the location of a University of Wisconsin Experimental Farm. Believe it or not, over 15,000 people attended the first Settler's Day Picnic in Crivitz. That was in 1915.

The Museum is located one block west of McDonalds in Crivitz. There will be fun and games for all ages, food and refreshments available throughout the day. Live music will be provided by Dave Stodola and the Party Boys from 2 to 6 PM.

The Crivitz Area Museum site at one time was a University of Wisconsin Experimental Farm and displays include the museum's collection of farm equipment and tools that would have been used by farmers of an earlier era.

Money raised at the event will be used to rebuild a 1909 era barn on the museum grounds. The barn will house these farm tools as well as equipment which is currently displayed outside and needs to be protected from the weather. When completed, the barn display is planned to recognize the community's long history of farming by showing what an early dairy barn looked like.

LOG BARN

Wonder if that display will be anything like the barn where my grandfather, the one we called Pa, kept the seven cows that provided a livelihood for himself and his family?

It was hand built of hand cut logs, with a loft overhead, and soil built up on one end to serve as a ramp that the hay wagons used to deliver their loads to the loft, which was otherwise called the hay mow. Those hay wagons were pulled by the two small Indian ponies Pa used for farming and to pull the buckboard wagon that Pa used to transport himself and Ma to town on the somewhat rare occasions when they needed to go there.

Pa sat on a three-legged stool while milking his cows by hand. There was no milking machine. Would have been useless if there had been. There was no electricity in the earliest of the years that I recall. Milk was strained into two-handled 10-gallon milk cans that he delivered once a day to the railroad tracks that cut through the property. The milk train would collect those cans and deliver them to market, and drop off empty cans to be filled for the next day.

Eventually, due to some change in state law, he built a milk house. In it there were two water troughs, nearly as deep as the cans were tall, where the milk was chilled and then kept cool until it was time to deliver them to the train.

BIRDS AND BEES...

Well, bees anyway. We've been hearing a lot lately about the need to encourage more pollinators, and one way to do that is to raise honey bees, which can also provide a supplemental source of income as well as a healthy sweet treat.

Anyone wanting to learn more about raising honey bees can attend a meeting of the Loomis Historical Society at 1 p.m. at the Town of Lake Hall in Loomis. Scott Veriha, who has kept bees for several years and sells some of the by-products of bee keeping, will present a program after brief the Historical Society business meeting. More information can be obtained from Harold or Pat Kaufman at 715-854-2997.

OPEN HOUSE

Speaking of the Town of Lake, in a yard there on county Hwy. G is occupied by the remains of a house, in very poor repair. Roof is caved in. Parts of the walls are missing, leaving the interior open to the elements.

Driving to work onTuesday morning noticed that someone had posted a big, bright, brand new sign there. "Open House" it said.

That was certainly the truth.

CONGRATULATIONS!

The Twin Bridge Water Ski Team took home some impressive prizes from the state amateur Water Ski Team competition in in Wisconsin Rapids from July 19 through 22 - including First Place for Division 3. Other awards were won by the team for Showmanship, Highest Scoring Pick Up Boats, Highest Scoring Tow Boat, and Highest Scoring Audio Presentation Crew.

How impressive is that?

At the same competition, the Crivitz Ski Cats won 5th place in Division 2 competition this year.

We're fortunate to have two great family-oriented water ski teams in this area and can enjoy their great shows at almost no cost.

The Twin Bridge team has shows at 6:30 p.m. most Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer at the Town of Stephenson's Boat Landing 3 Park on beautiful High Falls Flowage 12 miles northwest of Crivitz off Boat Landing 3 Road. Their shows have a circus theme this year - "The Greatest Show on Water."

The Crivitz Ski Cats team has shows on most Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer at Marinette County's beautiful Lake Noquebay Park off County GG a few miles east of Crivitz. The show is free, but the county charges $5 per car for use of the park. This year the Ski Cats won 5th place in Division 2 at the state competition. Theme of their shows this year is "Love the '90s." They're hosting a corn roast along with their Aug. 11 show.

DOG DAYS

We are now in a part of summer we used to call Dog Days, which in fact are named for the Dog Star, Sirius, which is visible with the rising Sun at this time of year and have nothing to do with real dogs.

Ancients associated this sky picture with the hot days that coincided with it. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog).

One or two summers when we were kids the polio epidemic was in full force. Parents for whatever reason were being warned not to let heir kids go swimming. Mom wasn't quite sure about the reasons. She thought maybe the beaches weren't clean because too many people let their dogs go swimming during Dog Days.

WEST NILE VIRUS

Advances in medical science have pretty much eliminated polio as an epidemic threat, but now tests have proven that West Nile Virus has reared its ugly head in Marinette county.

At least one dead bird here died of that dread disease, which can have some very serious effects and even cause death in some cases.

Mosquito bites are never fun, but now they could be downright dangerous.West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, and mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

"The positive bird means that residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites," said Marinette County Health Officer Molly Bonjean.

Bonjean is advising residents to take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

She advises limiting time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, applying an effective insect repellant to exposed skin and clothing, and making sure window and door screens are in good repair.

She also advises preventing mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, downspouts, wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes, and changing the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.

She also advises landscaping to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas and trimming tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

That is all well and good. But how do those of us who live close to the wetlands that are so greatly protected by the DNR protect ourselves from the mosquitoes that breed there?

That said, the measures Bonjean advises also help prevent tick bites, which can spread Lyme Disease. My personal belief is that Lyme disease is more prevalent and has even more serious side effects than we are told. Anyone who gets bitten by any tick, but particularly one of the nasty, tiny almost invisible deer ticks, should be sure to monitor their health closely and get to a doctor post haste for antibiotics if symptoms start to show. In fact, wish it was standard to do the antibiotic treatment as a precaution for anyone who gets tick bitten.

ON THE SOAP BOX

BIASED NEWS?


Can you believe it?



Recent Yahoo News headlines blared that supporters of President Donald Trump were filmed "hurling sustained abuse" at reporters during a recent "Make America Great Again" rally in Tampa, Fla.

Note that the Trump supporters were hurling words, not fire bombs, rotten tomatoes, or rotten eggs like some of the anti-Trump rioters have done in their demonstrations before and after Trump was elected.

Not that I support the notion of civilized folks using offensive words and gestures, but these same reporters, or other reporters for the mainstream publications they work for, have been "hurling" offensive printed words at Trump and his family for the entire two years since he became President, but they can't take it when a few words and some offensive gestures are hurled back at them!

Jim Acosta, chief White House Correspondent for CNN, is quoted, "I'm very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in the conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy." Too bad he didn't say some of those things when anti-trump rioters were burning buildings, looting stores and physically assaulting participants in so many other rallies in other cities.

Too bad Acosta doesn't get worried when he and his cohorts whip up hostility against Trump and other conservatives.

Some of these reporters object to claims that there's been fake news disseminated. All you need to do is read the headlines and check some of the stories in the mainstream media and anyone with half an eye can see that fake news is a fact, not a myth, at least part or most of the time.

STILL ON THE SOAP BOX

INTERNET INTERFERENCE AGAIN

Now Facebook has come out with information that someone has been using Facebook accounts to orchestrate a real-world counter-protest to a "Unite the Right" event to be held in in Washington, DC, on Friday, Aug. 10.

Surprise, surprise! According to the news account on Yahoo, which usually leans about as far left as it could get without falling over - "the tech giant did say "some of the activity is consistent' with that of the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) " the Russian troll farm that managed many false Facebook accounts used to influence the 2016 vote."

Facebook spokesmen are quoted as saying they are sharing information with intelligence officials, and planned to notify members of the social network who expressed interest in attending the counter-protest. They also are shutting down 32 pages and accounts "engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" even though it may never be known for certain what group or country was behind them.

Those sounds like positive and responsible actions.

What has seemed strange since the start of the complaints about Russian interference in the 2016 elections that everyone seems to forget there was little or no doubt that dear old Hillary was very closely tied to some hacking aimed at making sure she, and not Bernie Sanders, became the Democratic Party presidential nominee.

Then the left wing element somehow forgot all about the Clinton interference and e-mail hacking prior to the Democrat convention and got busy trying unsuccessfully to prove that Trump or his supporters also somehow were tied to alleged Russian attempts to influence the US election.

Have to wonder...with the interference seeming to come from the left again, will the "Never Trumpers" who don't believe in honoring the results of a free election even bother to keep talking about it? Or will they forget about these hacks, just like they seem to have forgotten about the Clinton e-mail scandals?

COOKIN' TIME

Gardens are offering up their bounty. If you don't have a garden, take advantage of neighbors, farm and flea markets, and roadside stands.

CALDO DE RES

(Mexican Beef Soup)

5 pounds meaty beef bones

Salt to taste

Garlic powder to taste

4 ears corn, husked an cut in half

6 celery ribs cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

3 tomatoes, cut into wedges

3 zucchini, cut into 2-inch chunks

2 onions, cut into 6 wedges

1/2 head cabbage, cut into four wedges

1 green bell pepper, diced

6 cups rice, cooked and hot

1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Place bones in large stockpot, add water to cover by 6 inches. Bring to boil, reduce heat and boil gently for an hour. Stir in salt and garlic powder and simmer another half hour or so. Take out the bones and add corn, celery and carrots. Boil another 15 minutes. Add potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, cabbage, and bell pepper. Boil for 15 minutes longer. While the veggies cook strip the meat from the bones and cut into cite size chunks. When the vegetables are done put the meat back into the broth. Makes six large bosls of soup. To serve one cup rice in a large bowl and ladle soup over it. Some say you should put in the soup and then add the rice. Either way, squeeze juice from a lemon wedge over each bowl. Serve immediately as a main course. Some folks claim to be authentic this must be served with heated corn tortillas. We prefer good crusty bread to soak up the broth. Great with lemonade or beer.

ZUCCHINI POTATO SOUP

As long as the air conditioner is working, soup is great food for hot weather. And it can be kept ready in the fridge for whenever anyone shows up to eat.

5 cups chicken broth

1 pound zucchini, halved and thinly sliced

1 large potato, halved and thinly sliced

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

3 eggs

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper, to taste

In a large saucepan, bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, potato, and onion. Reduced the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Add the lemon juice and cup of the warm broth and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and lemon juice to the hot broth gradually and stir constantly, so that the mixture doesn't curdle. Increase the heat to medium and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, but do not boil. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Makes 8 servings.

WATERMELON SALAD

This originally was a recipe for watermelon pizza, with watermelon wedges holding up the other ingredients. It's a lot easier to eat, and sort of tastes better too if you mix everything up in a bowl and then just enjoy it without worrying about the toppings falling off.

1 center-cut slice of watermelon, 1 to 2 inches thick

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon honey

1/3 cup fresh blueberries

1/3 cup fresh raspberries

1/3 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts

1 teaspoon shredded coconut

Cut the watermelon into bite size chunks and let them drain a little while you mix the honey and yogurt. Then put the fruits into a bowl, drizzle on the yogurt mixture, and stir gently. Serve at once, or chill in the fridge until you're ready. Makes two servings, but it's easy to double. Good for breakfast too.

Thought for the week: We should enjoy and appreciate the good things God has given us in this life, even if it means taking risks sometimes. Even falling in love carries some risk. Feel sorry for the people Henry Van Dyke was talking about when he observed, "Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live." No matter how hard we work, no matter how carefully we protect ourselves, we only get one go around. Grab onto opportunities for life, love and laughter when they come along so you can savor the memories when you grow old.



(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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