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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, March 18, 1999 7 Mary Belle Starliper Rt. 3, Box 293 Kearneysville, WV 25430 |i Folks! Don't worry, we're mentioning the word a-t-h-e-r this week! Instead, -~ thinking SPRING been busy, here at the ~er corner of Leetown, work- ba a jigsaw puzzle - one I put- several years ago just for when we can't get out and I felt a twinge of"cabin fe- during one of the recent so, I thought it was to pull out the puzzle. I completed piece puzzle last week and another one this week - this contains 1,000 pieces - and - I do hope we aren't home- long enough to finish it! - The - way, the first one we did is a picture of an old country store, much like the one my father and mother owned and operated here in our town during the mid- 1900's. Complete with shelves full of this and that, an old hand - cranked cash register, and what we remember most about my father's store - the puzzle pictures several candy showcases, com- plete with candy! If you remember Locke's Gro- cery, you surely remember the showcase where we, as kids, loved to climb up on the bench that was on the floor in front of the candy case, then lean over the case to se- lect our candy while Mom or Dad dropped our selections into a brown paper bag! We'd ask for "one of these, two of those and a CO! CONTEST Growers Win Contest A number of Jefferson Countians won awards in the 1998 Corn Yield Contest. Above, Todd (center) and Ron of Charles Town, were state winners in the Irrigated with a yield of 175.1019 busels per acre. The hybrid used the winning field was Pioneer 32K61. Presenting the award, left, is Gerald Tumbleson, of Sherburne, Minn a member of NCGA. The scene was held recently in Albuquerque, N.M. winners from this area Kitty B. Dunn, Charles first in the state in No-Till Class, with a yield of bushels per acre. The hy- used in the winning field was 32K61. King, of Charles Town, second in the state in the A Non-Irrigated, with a yield bushels per acre. The used in the winning field Pioneer 33Y09. Ltanley Dunn, Jr also of placed second in the gated Class, with a yield of .6679 bushels per acre, using also took a third in the A Non-Irrigated class, with a of 126.2665 bushels per acre Pioneer 32K61. local growers were among named out of a total of entrants in nine classes in contest. The 478 winners an average yield of 204.2 per acre, which was 11.2 lels higher than the 193- ~l average for all contest en- average yield of all win- ners was 70 bushels per acre more than the 1998 overall U.S. average corn yield of 134 bushels per acre. "Once again, our growers have proven the ability to produce truly amazing yields," said NCGA Presi- dent Roger Pine, a corn grower t-ore Lawrence, Kan. "Farming is an occupation that really demands a lot of skill and timeliness of op- eration, and the people who have obtained their yields certainly demonstrate those characteris- tics." Pine noted that growers were faced with a wet spring, resulting in a late planting in many areas, while those in the sodf, h were con- fronted by severe sti'mmer drought. Contest winners were,r~cog- nized February 19 at the.~I999 Commodity Classic, the combined convention and trade show of NCGA and the American Soybean Association (ASA) in Albuquerque, N.M. NCGA is a national commodity association with more than 30,000 members in 48 states and 42 affili- ated state corn organizations. nickel's worth of those over there!" Remember that, folks of Leetown Past? We also remember that a nickel got us quite a bit in those days! The students at Leetown El- ementary School (Old Leetown Tech) were allowed to walk across the road to the store at lunch time and spend their pennies, nickels and sometimes dimes and that was quite a treat! For a dime one could purchase an ice cream cone - shaped like a rectangle so the big block of Nea- politan ice cream would fit in just so! If you had a quarter and were really hungry for something cold - Dad would cut a pint box of your favorite flavor ice cream into halves, give you one half, along with a little wooden spoon, and you'd be ready to fill that sweet tooth! It would take quite a while to eat the entire half-pint with that little spoon - making the whole experience just delightful! Beats Mel Folks, do you ever wonder how your FLC gets off on these long stories 6f Leetown Past? I really can't say, e~cept that something will trigger a memory and away I go Thank goodness to my friends at the Spirit for the opportunity to share these wonderful memo- ries of my childhood - growing up here in our town - with you! I love Hint For The Week We can help ourselves to feel better - no matter what comes our way in life, we have a choice - we can either sit and mope or get up, dust ourselves off and start all over again! Since sitting and mop- ing will get one absolutely no- where - why not take the alterna- tive! One way to help ourselves over- come the "down feelings" is through laughter! According to a study done by a research professor of pathology and laboratory medi- cine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, a good chuckle lowers stress hor- mones while increasing the activ- ity of our immune system. Heart rate and blood pressure rise dur- ing laughter, and breathing is deeper, sending a surge of oxygen throughout the bloodstream. Im- mediately after a good laugh, the pulse and blood pressure drop to a lower, healthier level than before. I know it's hard to find humor in some of the trials we're con- fronted with in life, but I'm con- vinced that looking for a ray of light in every dark situation surely beats "staying down". Recipe Now, folks, you won't want to make this week's recipe very of- ten, for it's full of many "things" we try and stay away from in our diets, but you mu~ treat the f~m- ily with it just once in a while - for it really is mouthwateringly deli- cious! It's from the kitchen of Lynn Deahl: COCONUT PIE (with a new twist): Mix together 1 cup flour; 1 stick "real" butter; 1/2 cup pecans pieces. Press this into a 9" pie pan and bake at 350" for 25 minutes. Mix together: 1 - 8 ounce pack- age of soft cream cheese; 1 cup powdered sugar; - then add 1 cup cool whip and mix that in. Mix together: 1 package va- nilla instant pudding; I 1/2 cup milk; 1/2 cup co,conut. Spread the cream cheese mix- ture over the cooled crust. Spread the pudding mix over this, then spread the rest of the cool whip left in the container (after you use 1 cup in the cream cheese mix- ture) over all. Sprinkle with coco- nut and refrigerate. "Cut into small pieces for it is very rich! Remembering Two folks, who, like your FLC, have stored up memories of Lee- town Past, told us that the past snow storms have brought to sur- face their memories of my mother making donuts - which was a natural happening whenever it snowed here in our town past! Juanita Collis called to say she was thinking of those "good old days" while watching the snow fall and Kitty Blue Dunn shared her memory with me in church last Sunday - as the snow fell outside "the little brick church on the hill!" Kitty remembered living, with her parents, Vie and Sara Blue and sister, Vickie Blue Lowery, in the farm house at The Bower, near Leetown - but back far enough that Kitty felt "shut - in" and miss- ing all the "fun" during a crippling snow storm. She said she "just had to get out" - as did her father, Vie Blue - but not for the same rea- son! The milk from the farm had to be transported to the main road in order to get it to the "milk truck", which couldn't travel the snow - covered back roads. Her father having to load the full milk cans onto his farm wagon and pulling it to Leetown by tractor, gave Kitty just the ticket to ride, alongside the cans on the wagon, to Leetown, where she stayed at our house during those snowy days - until the road home was clear! As you can see, your FLC isn't the only one with wonderful memories of Leetown Past! Don't Forget Along with all those folks who have the flu, we're keeping those recovering from surgery and ill- ness on our thoughts and prayers list, as well as those in the hospi- tal at this time. Mrs. Sara Blue (Aunt Sara) is a patient at Jefferson Memorial Hospital - please remember her in your thoughts and prayers, too Let us know of those on your list who are ill or just hurting in any way - and we'll put them on our lists, too! Till Then Have a great week! Think S-P-R-I-N-G! We'll soon be able to get out in the yard find enjoy warm, sunny days - and that alone will work like a tonic! Thought For The Week All the flowers of all the tomor- rows are in the seeds of today! Ii II ! Internist Retires Dr. Sreedhara Menon, an internal medicine specialist on staff at Jefferson Memorial Hospital for the past 25 years, re- tired March 1. The hospital board and administration re- cently hosted a reception in his honor, presenting him with a gift and plaque. Dr. Menon joined the Jefferson Memorial Hospital medical staff in July 1974 when he opened a practice in internal medi- cine in Ranson. During his 25 years of practice in Jefferson County, Dr. Menon was involved with improving a number of patient services at the hospital as well as developing new ser- vices. It was Dr. Menon, in fact, who established the hospital's fin-st endoscopy service years ago. Hospital Administrator Jon Applebaum is shown present- ing Dr. Menon with luggage and a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the hospital. Over 50 employees and physicians at- tended the reception to wish Dr. Menon the best in his retire- ment years. We live in reference to past experience, and not to future events-- no matter how inevitable. --HG Wells lllllllllll/l/ll at the Ranson Square Up to 18 pounds Limit one per family Expires I II II mm ll ll ll ll ll lm ll ll ll ll The F&M O on: Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County's Branct North at Domino's Pizza in Shepherdstown Friday, April 2 - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daffodils, lilies, azaleas, hydrangeas, tulips, hyacinths, hanging baskets, & much more. AWS shirts, sweats, jewelry, baskets, &fine dining tickets also available. Sponsored by the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County O Jeffef'so11I Brancl Route 340 South 728-4260 Main Office On the Circle in Ranson 728-4200 Supercenter Charles Town Plaza 728-4290 Mem~rF.D.l,C. of F&M Bank.West Virginia. If you a person or business, information to F&M Bank-West Viii SPOTLIGHT, EO. Box 40, Ranson Village Branch Route 51 ~lmlmB The essence of quality in healthcare is commitment. Commitment to maintaining a staff of highly skilled specialists in 21st Century healthcare. Commitment to immediate access to the latest in modern technology. Commitment to the well-being of each and every patient. Commitment to the needs of the community. Quality is commitment. an affiliate of the Gateway Regional Health System For information on our services and program,call us at (304) 264-1DOC.