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Issue Date: July 1, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

Once again we in TIMESland are being promised fine weather to celebrate our nation's birthday. A bit hot, perhaps, but no rain in the forecast until possibly after noon on Sunday, July 5. Daytime highs in the low 90s, and balmy night time temperatures near 70 may send some folks scurrying for air conditioning, but others will be heading for some fun in and on the waters with which our corner of the world is blessed.

Will repeat - simply must believe that God spends His summer holidays here! That's either because He made this country so beautiful, or why He made it that way.

FIND THE FUN

The Fourth of July falls on Saturday this year, so that gives a full weekend to enjoy everything the holiday here has to offer - from fireworks to fireflies, from scuba diving to sailing, from sunrise to sunset, and everything in between.

Despite coronavirus cautions, there are a multitude of fun events planned all around the area, from the City of Marinette to the northern reaches of the county, some of them hosted by private businesses, some by communities. TIMESland always has thrived on summer fun. As one travel writer wrote in an article published years ago, "Winters are so bad there that they start partying on Memorial Day and don't stop until after deer season."

That's definitely true in normal years, and despite some "information" to the contrary, it continues this year, only slightly toned down. In most cases where a usual sponsor decided not to do an event, someone else stepped in to take it over and the show will go on.

FALSE INFORMATION

Technology may be great, but it's only as great as the folks who keep it up. Just read on the Travel Wisconsin website that Crivitz has cancelled the Fourth of July for this year. Even if it were possible to do that, it is absolutely not true. Events to celebrate the holiday in Crivitz are definitely toned down due to coronavirus fears, but there will be a small parade in the morning, and a huge fireworks display 9:45 p.m. Crivitz Museum is sponsoring a Flea and Farmers Market on its grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday, and as always, there's free admission to the museum.

Will repeat, especially on the Internet, check the ads, and then check to be sure they're up to date.

Wausaukee is having a celebration pretty much all day, from a parade to live music and food outdoors to fireworks at night.

KOREAN WAR

Thursday June 25 marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, that took thousands of lives and lasted for three years. Let's have a moment of silence for those who fought and died there, in a successful effort to halt the spread of Communism and keep South Korea free.

Before leaving Washington for his trip to Marinette on June 25, President Donald Trump and his lovely wife Melania visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall to honor the fallen heroes.

PANDEMIC AND PANDEMONIUM

As if things weren't bad enough with the coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns, angry rioters have been busy for some weeks looting, pillaging and destroying public and private properties all across this land, sometimes with encouragement from public officials who should do better. How sad!

Heard that now, due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, things may change. Governors in a number of states are said to be calling for another shutdown, and are urging all looters, desecraters and rioters to do their work from home and simply destroy their own property.

ON THE SOAPO BOX WAS HE JEALOUS?

Was Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich maybe being a bit jealous of Marinette when he posted a rude, crude Facebook message to President Donald Trump's in regard to his historic visit to Marinette Marine.

The President only entered Green Bay as far as the Austin Straubel Airport, where Air Force One landed prior to Trump's visit to Marinette. He held a limited attendance gathering in Marinette, with mostly with local dignitaries and Marinette Marine employees.

It appears Genrich was not invited to participate. Could that explain his letter telling the President of the United States of America that hospitality in Green Bay has its limitations?

In the letter that was posted Wednesday night, June 24, to the duly elected President of the United States of America, Genrich talks about Green Bay's immigrant heritage and its instinct toward hospitality, but says "...we don't tolerate intolerance or willful ignorance, and we won't endorse or ignore divisive and bigoted rhetoric."

If that's the case, why doesn't he come down on those bigoted anti-white demonstrators in Green Bay?

Except for those who can make the proud claim of being descended from one or more members of a Native American tribe, our ancestors were also immigrants. We have feelings too, you know!

And we have rights! For example, the right to not have properties - public and private - destroyed and desecrated by protesters who claim to be seeking justice while practicing the most destructive forms of injustice!

Incidentally, in case anyone wants to accuse me of being genetically racist, one of my great grandmothers and her sister operated a "stop" on the underground railroad that helped smuggle slaves who escaped as far as Rochester, N.Y. into freedom in Canada. The great-grandma part of that team spent some time in jail for her role in helping slaves escape, and our family was proud of that. On the other side of the family there was a bit more prejudice, since that Grandma by marriage was from the hills of West Virginia, but she was also more tolerant than many old time southerners because one of her sisters had given birth to a half-black child who was accepted by the family if not by the neighbors.

BUILDING A BRIDGE

When you build supports for a bridge, you must start at the bottom and build to the top"start from a low point and build to a high. The bridge to peace, prosperity, and yes - tolerance - must be built one row of bricks at a time. Bricks forming a solid foundation for eventual tolerance were laid by those who came to this land before us and helped build it.

The forefathers (and that's generic, not masculine) who came to this country for religious freedom started with a Constitution that aimed at eventually banning importation of new slaves. The bridge toward racial acceptance and equality eventually continued banning slave importations in 1808, then to signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, followed by Amendments 13 through 15 banning all forms of slavery and then, mainly with Civil Rights acts of 1964, bans against various other forms of racial discrimination were approved. These were all steps aimed toward building a bridge to a better world.

Am personally terrified that the mobs trying to destroy history today will end up destroying the bridge to tolerance that has been under construction since the first Pilgrims came to America. If that happens, those who want that bridge completed will need to start all over again, from the ground up.

That bridge to true acceptance and equality won't be rebuilt in my lifetime, and probably not in the lifetimes of anyone alive to read this today. Positive changes in mindset take generations to become realities, while destruction can happen overnight - much as it can take a hundred years to build a beautiful cathedral, but a single bomb can bring it down in the blink of an eye.

COOKIN' TIME

BAM BAM CHICKEN KABABS


Chicken breast and chicken strip breast meat have been on sale for really good prices lately. If that holds up, these delicious chicken strips could replace hot dogs or brats as a family standby. For a full meal deal, prepare some onion and green pepper chunks and mushrooms if you like. Par-boil enough small potatoes and carrot chunks to go around. While the par-boiled veggies are still hot, soak them and the raw veggies in the leftover marinade. While the coals heat, thread them alternately on skewers of their own, or alternating with chicken chunks, and grill along with the chicken, brushing on more marinade every time you turn the skewers. Barbecue sauce is great with these. So is oriental sweet and sour sauce and a bit of butter, especially if you skip the potato and serve on a bed of rice.

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons dry white wine

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3/4 teaspoon dried Italian-style seasoning

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Pinch ground black pepper

8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into strips

8 skewers, metal or wooden

In a large resealable plastic bag combine soy sauce, wine, lemon juice, oil, Italian-style seasoning, ginger, garlic, onion powder, and ground black pepper. Place chicken in the bag. Seal, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight. If you're using wooden skewers, put them to soak in plain water. About a quarter-hour before eating time, heat outdoor grill to medium-high. Thread the chicken onto skewers, and set aside. (You can do this part ahead of time and then put the skewers back into the bag along with the marinade if you want to.) Pour marinade into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Cook chicken on the prepared grill for approximately 8 minutes per side, basting with the sauce several times. Chicken is done when juices run clear.

SMOKED SALMON QUICHE

This tasty quiche is a brand new way to sneak another vegetable into your family's meal repertoire.

For the crust:

Butter

1 or 2 sweet potatoes, sliced into thin rounds, enough to cover the pie pan twice

2 eggs

1/4 cup of cream or half & half

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary minced

1/3 cup of gruyere cheese (or swiss cheese)

Pinch of salt and pepper"

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a deep dish pie plate generously, then cover it, bottom and sides, with two layers of sweet potato slices. Sprinkle the rosemary on the sweet potatoes, then whisk together the eggs and cream. Pour into the sweet potato lined pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop into the oven to bake for 10 minutes, then bring out and cover with the gruyere cheese. Return to bake for 5 more minutes.

Continue with the quiche:

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon of dried dill

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of capers, drained

1-3 garlic cloves, pressed

2-4 oz of cream cheese, crumbled into bits

4 oz of smoked salmon broken into bits

1/2 cup of thinly slice green onions, (use the whole onion)

Whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and spices up into a froth in a medium workhorse of a bowl. Add the garlic and cream cheese and mix in. Sprinkle the bottom of sweet potato crust with the salmon. Pour the egg mix over top and a little dried dill for beauty. Bake this creation at 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until center stops wiggling when you touch it and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Serve after it has set for about 20 to 30 minutes, or chill to serve cold later for a delicious appetizer or light supper, preferably with a lightly dressed tossed salad.

BERRY GOOD TRIFLE

Make this ahead of time, or even the night before. Quick and easy if you buy the pound cake instead of making your own, and very nearly fool proof. Makes 6 to 8 servings. 1 1/2 cups cold milk 1 package (6-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur or orange juice 2 cups heavy cream, whipped and divided 1 pound cake, 10.75 ounce size, cut into 3/4 inch squares 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

1 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (6 ounces) 3/4 cup blueberries (about 4 ounces) 4 kiwi fruit, peeled, halved and sliced. In a large bowl thoroughly mix the milk, pudding mix and liqueur. Chill for five minutes, then fold in half of the whipped cream. In a pretty 4-quart glass bowl with straight sides put half the cake cubes, and over this scatter half of each type of fruit. Top with half the pudding mixture. Repeat layers, then spread the remaining whipped cream over the top and garnish with reserved red and blue berries. Cover with plastic wrap and chill thoroughly before serving.

The Country Cousin

Thought for the week: Celebrating or mourning? Am terrified that this year's Fourth of July will be more a day of morning for the death of the grand American Revolution ideals that led to a better world for everyone than a celebration of the brave, free new world order our forefathers created, and that we have enjoyed for over 200 years. Let us all pray that is not so.

(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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