September 2, 2014

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Has life got you down? Go sit in a tree

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digeset
Greetings from the Ridge.
Alfie Rodhaver climbed up into a tree yesterday and he says he has no intention of coming down. I looked out my window this morning and he’s still there. Alfie’s wife Lora said that yesterday morning he filled a thermos with coffee, put the newspaper under his arm and climbed up into the soft maple in front of their house. His last words, “I’ll come down when I decide to come down.”

Touring band performs at Dr. Ugs

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Another national touring band performed at Dr. Ugs on Sunday afternoon and the crowd was incredible. Rosie Flores brought her "rockabilly filly" style to Virginia all the way from Austin, Texas. While the music is fantastic and the performers really give it their all, it is always interesting to hear outsider's impression of Virginia. Rosie's bass player, Joseph and her guitarist, Victor, thought that Virginia has a great historical vibe to it and reminded them of some of the older towns in Texas. They were impressed with the building renovations and many photos were snapped while walking around the square. They were taken with the amount of preservation that is occurring around the square to maintain the historic façade of the community and the "aha moment" when Joseph said he would love to live here and be a part of the historic transformation. How gratifying it is to hear those words!

Farmer’s Market and a play keeps one busy

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
This week is one of those very busy ones that happen about once a month. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be the play at the Opera House, entitled, “Maid To Order.”
Friday night will also be a dinner, so get your reservations in by Thursday at 4 p.m. please, if at all possible.
Friday here at home, we’re opening Rushville Farmers Market at 7 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, same time.

America was built on a foundation of tobacco

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
It is no exaggeration to say that to a great extent America was built on a foundation of tobacco. Native to the Americas and a relative of the potato, it is estimated that people in the Andes began cultivating tobacco as a crop 5,000 to 8,000 years ago. Most likely, people first used tobacco by chewing green leaves. In time, they learned to cure the leaves to prepare a product akin to today’s smokeless tobacco. At some point, cured tobacco was ground into a powder and taken into the nose through a special pipe. This was known as a snuffing.

It’s time to hang it up, Herbie

By Freida Marie Crump
The Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
“Herb, we’re too old. We just can’t do it anymore.”
“Speak for yourself, Freida. I’ve still got it in me.”
“Whatever was in you has long since left, Herbie. It’s time to hang it up.”

National Infertility Awareness Week April 20-26

I am writing in response to the article titled, “A-C Central teacher blasts ‘bully tactics,’”published April 3, 2014.
Thank you to A-C Central teacher Carrie Jo Donnan for speaking out against the A-C First mass mailer which read, “Promises are like babies – easy to make but hard to deliver.”

Franklin building named a ten most endangered historic place

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
The former Ben Franklin building has been recognized as one of Landmarks Illinois 2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places.  Each year Landmarks Illinois recognizes ten properties across Illinois in hopes of bolstering local advocacy efforts and build support toward each properties eventual preservation. Efforts are continuing to raise the matching $100,000 and the last BBQ fundraiser brought in over $10,000 but there is a long way to go. The remainder of this year will bring many more fundraisers in hopes of reaching that $100,000 goal along with several grant applications. Grants to receive funds for brick and mortar projects are few and far between so that makes donations made by individuals so important. That was one of the things that impressed the staff at Landmarks Illinois, the total community support thus far. 100% support from friends of Virginia and its citizens is very impressive. Thanks to everyone to their past and continued support to help the old Ben Franklin rise into a new community center.  Donations may be sent to Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank, PO Box 18, Virginia, IL  62691.

Reavis and Lippincott leave their marks on Hickory
Written by Leigh Morris   

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
Despite the privations of pioneer life, education was a priority among the early settlers of the Sangamon Bottom.
Since the concept of “free” schools was still in the future, Hickory Precinct education began with a subscription school established in 1834. It was housed in an unused log cabin situated on land owned by pioneer settler David Carr. The teacher was an individual by the name of B.F. Nelson. He has been described as a man of “prepossessing appearance, a scholar and a gentleman” – until, at least, the folks in Hickory got to know him a little bit better.

Dinosaur tracks spotted by American geologist in North Chile Mountains

Trivia Too
By Roy Roberts
“One fine day in 1956, I was riding a mule down the Canyon Chacarilla in Northern Chili. I was very tired, hungry and thirsty. We had been on a one-day trip up the canyon to get a first hand idea of the geologic structure and strata of the area that we would be mapping”.
That is what Bob Dingman wrote in his diary when he was an American Government Geologist who had been sent as an aide to Chile to work with the Chile Geologist. Bob Dingman and his wife, Genna are residents here at the Blair House Retirement Home, and he had given me a paper telling about his work.
He goes on telling that they were so interested in making notes of rock types, that it became too late to make it back to their base camp before dark and they had no desire to be riding their mules down those mountain trails in the dark of night. It was a difficult decision because they were not equipped to make a camp 13,000 feet above sea level. They had no tent, sleeping bags, and very little water for them and the mules. All they had to eat was some horse meat jerky, a few potatoes and some rock-hard bread. At 13,000 feet the potatoes never really got cooked, because water boils at 180 degrees at that altitude. It was not a good meal and with only their jacket and saddle blankets it was not a good night.

Pitfalls of using antibiotics in meat
Written by Kay Brown   

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
After all the drastic winter weather, what a beautiful Easter Sunday we had. Two of the children and mates got to come for dinner. My daughter and her husband aren’t coming until July, when their first grandchild is expected here in Illinois, and my oldest son from Missouri is also coming in July to look over a spot here for after retirement. Those two siblings haven’t seen each other for a couple of years so it will be a reunion of sorts for the family.
We were talking about the price of meat and wishing we could manage to raise some of our own. I read a report in Prevention Magazine about the use of antibiotics in our meat–shocking!