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Country Cousin

Issue Date: September 13, 2018

Remember 9/11 2001!

Autumn is coming on fast. Furnace has even been kicking in at night, but the days have been fantastic! If you have some big outdoor projects waiting in the wings, or even indoor ones that need open windows (like painting with enamel) better get started. Goofy as 2018 weather has been all over the world, there's nothing that says we can't have blizzard in September. On the other hand, think positive. There's also nothing that says we can't have 80 degree temperatures in December. That happened once, that I recall, back in the late 1960s.

Have seen some folks putting up Christmas lights already. It's a good idea to get them up early to avoid the rush and the cold, but please, please don't plug in until after Thanksgiving. Then leave them on until Easter if you want to! We need all the lightness and brightness we can get in the dark of Winter.

GROWIN' THINGS

On Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to Noon Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association is holding a fall plant sale at Harmony Arboretum. This year's selection features a variety of winter hardy plants for fall planting including perennials, herbs and shrubbery.

The event includes a pest clinic will supported by Scott Reuss of the UW Extension and Master Gardener volunteers. Everyone's invited to bring questions and plant material or pictures to receive answers and get tips to promote healthy gardens.

All sale proceeds go toward public educational programs and improvements at Harmony Arboretum. Spokesmen for Northern Lights Master Gardeners say their dream is to develop Harmony Arboretum into a community destination for young and old.      

OPEN HOUSE FOR HORSES

The Clip Clop Trail Riders club is hosting an open house this week at the recently developed horse riding trail and campground in the Marinette County Forest off County X and Lake Mary Road in the Town of Middle Inlet. For more information, e-mail: ClipClopTrailRiders@gmail.com. Come for the day, or stay overnight. Camping amenities include highlines, well and outhouse.

CRIVITZ OKTOBERFEST

The annual Crivitz Oktoberfest was started some years ago when the Crivitz Sister Cities organization was actively involved in exchange visits with friends from Crivitz, Germany.

This year's event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 15 in Crivitz Community Veterans Park. There will be German foods, beverages, live bands, games and contests for kids and adults, and jumper houses.

9/11 MEMORIES

Some days will always stand out in our national memories.

Am told that when World War II ended, Americans old enough to know what was happening took to the streets joyously, shouting and celebrating. Am sure everyone who joined that celebration recalls exactly when and where they were when they got news of the truce.

That was a joyous announcement, ending many years of sacrifice, suffering, and fear.

But most of the days we remember are days of tragedies.

Those who were old enough to understand surely recall where they were and what they were doing when America received word of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 that started World War II.

Similarly, most Americans who were alive on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John J. Kennedy was shot can recall exactly when, where and how they heard the news.

Now 17 years have passed since the tragic events of 9/11, which included the aerial attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City, threatened the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and took the lives of 40 heroes in an airplane in Pennsylvania that appeared to be headed toward our nation's Capitol.

And surely almost every American who was alive then can remember exactly when and where they were, what they were doing and even how they reacted when they heard that America was being attacked. Surely most of us still remember how we felt that day, and in the days that followed.

Unfortunately, a few people in today's ugly political world seem to have forgotten that it was indeed Terrorists who staged that attack, not members of any nation's military, but an elusive enemy tolerated by some foreign nations, and supported by others. Nevertheless, America fought back, regained some lost national spirit, grappled with the terrorists in their hiding places, reduced their influence on the world stage, and showed the world that America would not be cowed or conquered.

NOT JUST ONE ATTACK

When the attacks first came most of the news centered on the Twin Towers, where so many lives were lost and so many heroes - fire fighters, rescue workers, police, and ordinary everyday folks - rushed into those crumbling, burning buildings and did whatever they could to save the people trapped there. Firefighters, rescue workers and other volunteers from all over the land flocked to New York City to help with rescue work and cleanup efforts.

The Twin Towers got most of the attention then, and still do, but there were other heroes in other places that day as well. Eventually the national conscience became aware of the spectacular heroism shown by the 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93 who made a conscious decision to give up their own lives by taking back the plane from hijackers who had taken it over and crashing it into a farm field in Pennsylvania to prevent their Islamic terrorist captors from reaching their intended target, which was probably the nation's capital in Washington, D.C. - just 20 minutes away. Before recapturing the plane the passengers and crew - who were already aware of the Twin Towers attack - took a vote, and knowing their act was likely to be fatal, sent farewell messages by phone to their loved ones at home.

Congress has declared Sept.11 each year as Patriot Day, with flags to be flown at half mast and commemorative services to be held.

This year President Donald Trump proclaimed:

"On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom. We come together, today, to recall this timeless truth: When America is united, no force on Earth can break us apart. Our values endure; our people thrive; our Nation prevails; and the memory of our loved ones never fades.

"Although that fateful Tuesday 17 years ago began like any other, it erupted into horror and anguish when radical Islamist terrorists carried out an unprecedented attack on our homeland. In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the enemies of liberty took aim on America, but their evil acts could not crush our spirit, overcome our will, or loosen our commitment to freedom. Through the dust and ashes, we emerged resilient and united " bruised but not broken.

"On September 11, 2001, the world came to understand the true source of America's strength: A people of an indomitable will and a society rooted in the timeless values of liberty. Our love of country was made manifest through the examples of Americans engaging in countless acts of courage, grit, and selflessness. Their actions gave us hope and helped to sustain us in the days of healing that followed. We were moved by the heroism of the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who sacrificed their lives to prevent further acts of terror. We were inspired by police and first responders as they rushed headlong into burning buildings to rescue the injured and trapped, and as they courageously braved fire, smoke, and debris, descending deep into piles of rubble, ash, and twisted iron to search for survivors. We were stirred to service by the deeds of those who labored in the ensuing days and months, often in dangerous conditions, to help our Nation rebuild and recover. The noble sacrifices of these true patriots are forged into the great history of America.

"Today, we honor the memories of the souls we lost on September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to all of the patriots who have sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom. We pray for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen currently serving our Nation in harm's way. We thank the dedicated men and women who keep our homeland safe and secure. We applaud the unsung patriots in city halls, community centers, and places of worship across our country whose simple acts of kindness define the greatness of America,"'

He and First Lady Melania Trump attended 9/11 services on Tuesday and went to Shanksville, Pa., where a unique 93- "Tower of Voices" at a National Monument commemorating Flight 93 and the 40 heroes who died there had been dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 9. The tower, unique in all the world, marks the farm field where Flight 93 crashed.

The tower, which serves as a visual and audible reminder of the heroism of the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, is actually a musical instrument holding 40 wind chimes representing the 40 passengers and crew members who died during the tragic events of that day. The chimes are calibrated to harmonize when the wind blows through holes in the tower. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.

In Tuesday's speech there, President Trump declared: "On September 11, 2001, a band of brave patriots turned the tide on our nation's enemies and joined the immortal ranks of American heroes".At this memorial, on this sacred earth, in the field beyond this wall, and in the skies above our heads, we remember the moment when America fought back."

"We honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil and to do whatever it takes to keep America safe."

The president recalled the story of that day - passengers and crew members placing "their final calls home, whispering those eternal words, "I love you.'"

"They bravely charged the cockpit. They attacked the enemy. They fought until the very end. And they stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible, evil plan"Through their sacrifice, the 40 saved the lives of countless Americans and they saved our Capitol from a devastating strike."

"As commander in chief, I will always do everything in my power to prevent terrorists from striking American soil," Trump pledged, and concluded, "൙ years ago, 40 incredible men and women showed the whole world that no force on earth will ever conquer the American spirit "We treasure their memory and their legacy."

GRANDPARENTS' DAY

Sunday, Sept. 9 was Grandparents Day. Somehow, that added holiday has never quite caught on, although grandparents are usually pretty highly regarded by the offspring of their offspring. The confusing part is that grandparents are usually also mothers and fathers, so they already each have their own special day.

Nevertheless, being a grandparent myself, must agree that grandparents are special, and if the children would only listen, they could pass along a wealth of knowledge for the next generations.

That "IF" is a really big word!

My own grandkids, of course, are exceptional. No bragging here, of course. Aren't everybody's?

Anyway, grandparents grew up in a whole different world than the one their grandchildren and great grands are living in, and they can try to pass along some of what was good about that wold to the generations that follow them.

HOW OLD

Was told of one grandma who told her offspring that in her day, every family had a father and a mother, and they usually stayed together whether they still liked each other or not. Nobody openly lived together unless they were married. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. We thought you had to have a husband to have a baby.

We went to church on Sundays and didn't eat meat on Fridays. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, church rules, good judgment, hard work and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and how to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Even very young children had chores and were expected to do them. if we complained about being bored, Mom would find a job for us. We soon learned not to ever mention that we were bored!

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. Later, during the Vietnam era, some of my generation became draft dodgers, and most of us despised them. Imagine our shock when we lived to see at least one of them get elected President!

In my early years, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby". "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn't even a word.

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there's a generation gap.

Gosh it's good to be grandma. You can pretty much say what you want, forget what you want, and get away with it! Just blame it on Old Age!

COOKIN TIME

Wonderful Fall eating opportunities continue. Had some requests for new pumpkin recipes, so have included a few today. By the way, if you have left over roasted winter squash, that can be whirred in the food processor and substituted for pumpkin puree in most recipes.

PUMPKIN PULL APART LOAF

Wonderful treat for breakfast, or any time. Dipping each slice of biscuit in cinnamon sugar before sandwiching with the pumpkin mixture gives the layers a nice crunch, and leaves the whole thing drenched with cinnamon glaze, over which you put the other glaze. Absolutely decadent! Make excuses by telling yourself that pumpkin is a vegetable, after all!

3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 cup granulated sugar divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 can (8 count) Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (homestyle or buttermilk, not flaky)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x4 or 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, preferably the kind with flour. Stir together the pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and egg. Set this aside while you open the can of biscuits and slice each in half horizontally. Mix the remaining quarter cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Coat each slice of raw biscuit dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture as you proceed. Lay one slice of dough flat. Spread some pumpkin mixture on top, then place another biscuit piece on top. Repeat layering until you're out of biscuits and pumpkin. Pick up the stack and place carefully into the pan, horizontally. Bake for about 18-24 minutes, or until the top is golden and the center is cooked through. Cool before glazing. Note: the center shouldn't be raw, but will be moist and gooey. If the top starts to brown too fast, cover with foil and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. To make the glaze: whisk the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and heavy whipping cream until a smooth sauce forms. Drizzle over loaf, pull apart, and serve. Can be stored loosely covered for up to 2 days.

Thought for the week: A somewhat old Jewish proverb declares: "One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world." Rudolph Giuliani had this to say about grandparents: "What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies." Still another philosopher believes grandparents are there to help the youngsters get into mischief they haven't thought up on their own. Still another says grandparents are the best babysitters, which is why so many of them move to Florida. And guess what? They're all right!



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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