August 21, 2014

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Attending the family reunion from a different vantage point

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
We have been going to our family reunion, which meets every two years, for over eighteen years, but this one was quite different.
I am sorry to tell you our walking days are over, so when not using our walkers at the hotel we had to be in wheel chairs. Thanks to our “pushers” we had one day at the Brookfield Zoo, where we enjoyed watching the wide-eyed great-grandchildren enjoy the animals. Then on Sunday of the reunion we were back in wheel chairs and enjoyed the Cub-Cardinal game. There were 55 of the 109 who attended the reunion who went to the baseball game. The handicap seats are right behind home plate and the 1-0 ballgame pleased half of our bunch. It was a good game and a beautiful afternoon.

Tomatoes...ripe or green, both are tasty

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
The tomatoes started rolling in; everybody had some at their stand. I sold green tomatoes. I figured if they weren’t going to get ripe, I’d sell them green and they did sell. People wanted to fix fried green tomatoes. My daughter-in-law tried them but didn’t like them. I have fixed them for myself but probably won’t since it’s just me.
The coons are getting all of my corn, so after all that hard work hoeing, etc., we’re not planting corn next year. We’ll just buy it at market like everybody else.
My melons were getting ripe and something is eating them as well. Just a big bite out of the top and side. We think it’s probably the deer. I’m not sure I’ll get any to market.
I did pick six blackberries Saturday, but they’re not getting ripe very fast. Our asparagus guy said he had dug up a row to plant spinach and down six inches the earth wasn’t warm. I’m guessing that is the problem.

Yes, video did kill the radio stars PDF Print E-mail

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
Though nearly unimaginable to today, there was a time when radio dominated entertainment.
Among the very best radio dramas was Suspense. This show began its 22-year run on the CBS Radio Network on July 22, 1940. Over the years, the program earned a Peabody Award and a special citation from the Mystery Writers of America.

Need produce, a visit or a ride? Just call 1-800-Stephanie

By Freida Marie Crump
The Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
Let me tell you about a remarkable woman. Her name is Stephanie and her age hovers between 50 and 70, depending upon the time of the day, the weather, and her mood. She married young, had a couple of kids, then divorced her husband. In her words, “He was okay . . . for awhile. But then all he wanted to do was sit around, said he wanted to be a stay at home father. I found out he was pretty good at first part.” So for the past 15 or 20 years Stephanie’s been pretty much her own woman.
“I gotta be up and doing something, Freida,” she told me. “I cannot for the life of me see any purpose for living if all you’re going to do is breathe and take up space. Life’s too short!” And in fact most days are too short for my buddy Steph.

What Do You Think? Who is at fault in Gaza War

By Don Chipman
Staff Writer
Where does the blame fall upon for the fighting in the Mid-East? Is it on Hamas or is it on Israel?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states that if Hamas doesn’t stop sending Rockets into Israel it will bring about “dire consequences and they will pay an intolerable price.”
Hamas has stated to the whole world it wants to kill all the Jews, and end the State of Israel. How can two fractions be so far apart as to hope for any peaceful settlement?
Israel says it has no choice but to retaliate against the Hamas rocket attacks. Hamas claims the Israeli’s are bombing and killing innocent men, women and children. Who is right?  Are they both right and wrong?

PAWS to READ 2014 a great success

Virginia Memorial Public Library would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of those local businesses and individuals who have helped make the PAWS to READ 2014 Summer Reading Program a huge success. This program was made possible through your generosity. Moreland and Devitt, BPS Fuels, Cass Communications, Welch Attorney at Law, Reynolds & Sons, Little Man Heating and A/C, Petefish, Skiles, & Co., Cargill Meat Solutions, Dollar General Foundation, Virginia Learning and Fitness Center.
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What Do You Think?

By Don Chipman
Staff Writer
The DOD has recently announced that it is cutting back (downsizing) the US Army from 520,000 to 350,000 personnel.
The in my opinion the cruelest cutback of all is the “firing” or giving “pink slips” to US Army Officers presently stationed in combat zones.
How do you think you would feel when you are putting your life on the line and then find out you’re not wanted anymore?
Will the downsizing of our army have a lasting effect on the nation’s readiness to defend itself?

Waiting for a train leads to a cool idea

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
It has been hailed as the greatest single invention of the 20th century – a device that revolutionized the way we work, where we live and the way we spend our leisure time.
One of the first modern attempts to create a machine that would cool indoor air was made in the 1830s by John Gorrie, M.D., in Apalachicola, Fla. Looking for a way to bring relief to patients suffering from yellow fever and malaria, Gorrie devised a machine that blew air over a bucket of ice. Known as an evaporative cooler (or swamp cooler), the device did cool, but it also increased the humidity level.

Bridge: a card game for the mind

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
There was a card game called Whist that was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, so popular that it was mentioned in Jules Verne’s, Edgar Allen Poe’s and Jane Austen’s novels and short stories. In the 1890’s that game was changed a little and called Bridge Whist. A little later it became the game of Contract Bridge, and thousands of bridge clubs sprung up all across the country and also through Europe.
Eighty years ago Christine’s Mother was in a bridge club with seven other farm ladies. They would take turns having their card game in their homes, except for our neighbor Archie Dunn. Archie would let his wife Bessie go to play bridge, but when it was Bessie’s turn to entertain the group, Archie would not allow card playing in his house. The ladies would all bring their mending when they came to the Dunn house. That is the time that they darned socks so there was plenty of that to be done.
Bridge in Beardstown became more interesting during the 1960’s with four or five bridge clubs and also a Duplicate Bridge Club with fourteen couples, a two table ladies duplicate bridge club and another with ten men. They had ten members because there were three doctors in the club and it was the time when the doctors made calls to homes or to the hospital at any time. When they answered a call there was someone to take their place, and there would still be enough to play.

Finding just the right words when confronted with new baby

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
The Midwest has been known for its fertility since the beginning of time, but in the last few months we seem to be getting carried away. It seems like everywhere I turn I’m confronted with someone’s new baby. Maybe it can be blamed on the terribly cold nights we had last winter.
I’m always in a quandary on what to say when a newly-mothered lady holds her baby out to me. It helps if I know it’s coming and I can rehearse a few lines in the car before I get there. I’ve tried several with varying success:
“Oh how cute.” Yes, that’s about as trite as you can get and the mothers hear it so often that it probably rolls right off their ears. Besides, aren’t all babies cute? I mean, even if the child has three heads chances are that at least two of them are cute.