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PAGE Wednesday, August 22, 2012 pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Roots FROM PAGE B1 ing the stone we were seeking while my brother was off in an opposite comer searching. Since our ancestors were most- ly work-from-dawn-to-dusk farm- ors, with a few carpenters and may- be some store keepers added to the mix, we confmed our sleuthing to the small, plain markers rather than the showy ones with their calved angels and flowing verses. Speaking of epi- taphs, my brother said his is going to read: "See, I told you I was sick." Sometimes there are church sex- tons or cemetery association secre- taries around who can lend a hand in a search. At one cemetery containing more than 4,000 graves, the man in charge fortunately had it all mapped out in pencil on a paper window shade; of all things. Shaking his head, he said, "I've got to get this thing up to date before I die myself." In addition to the tranquil beauty of cemeteries, there is also the poten- tial for imagining what our ancestors endured and enjoyed. Did they have dreams unfulfilled, or were they more than content with how life played out? Was the person buried next to them really the love of their life? Did they have a sense of humor? A stone that chronicles how one relative lost all her children and her husband within a few weeks -- presumably from influenza -- made me wonder what it must have. been like facing that tragedy until she herself was buried many de- cades later. I once heard in a eulogy that the most important part of a per- son's life is the dash between his or her birth date and death date -- that's where life actually happened. I thought about that as I strolled among the stones, noticing the bees flitting among the flowers and how the sunlight slanted through the trees. I also noticed something else -- that most of my relatives had lived into their 80s, even during a time of lesser life spans, making me think I must come from pretty sturdy stock, making me think that maybe a little bit of lard in a pie crust isn't such a bad thing after all. --Nancy Luse is a freelance writ- er living in Frederick, Md and can be reached at Back to school means time for after-school snack attacks RANSON - Today's the start of a new school year, and that means it's again time for after-school snacks. If you live with a child, you know that it is extremely important to offer a snack when your child finishes his or her school day. The perfect after-school snack is some- thing that your kids love, that is easy to pre- pare and that's nutritious. Here are some wonderful ideas that will satisfy your hun- gry young scholar. For cheese cake crackers, you'll need the following ingredients: softened light cream cheese, graham crackers (or oth- er favorite cracker) and fresh fruit such as blueberries or sliced banana, kiwi or strawberries. Putting together this treat is easy: Just spread a layer of cream cheese on your cracker, then top with slices of fruit. Another easy, after-school snack that I love is peanut butter yogurt dip with apples. To make it, combine a cup of light vanil- la yogurt with a couple of ta- blespoons of your favorite peanut butter. (I prefer to use crunchy peanut butter in this concoction.) You can even add a bit of maple syrup or honey, if you'd like. Next, slice up a crisp apple such as a Macintosh or Gala and start dipping. This snack is de- licious, sweet and filling. Two other recipes that use peanut but- ter or apples: Whole-wheat pretzel twists taste great with some peanut butter spread on the top inch or two and then rolled in raisins or other dried fruit or in chopped peanuts. Or cut up an apple and spread with pea- nut butter, almond butter or Nutella. Next, sprinkle on some Kashi-brand. o Lean! Crunch cereal or the granola you like best. For students, the school day m.e as,work- ing hard in the classroom and ~the whole day listenirig to teac~, ~e princi- pal an~l others in charge. F::~:~ays hun- cry when I get home andit ~]ot to fmd a wonderful snack that's N 'prepared just for me. It always like my hard work at school id( edgff d. -- Claire Ford is a student at Raason El- ementary School. She loves Cooking, bak. Community Calendar This week Softball tryouts: Summit Point Tsu- nami 12U girls softball tryouts will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tryouts will be at 4095 Leetown Rd in Summit Point. Please arrive 1/2 hour early to register and bring a copy of birth certificate. For further questions, contact cenate@frontier- net .net. Veterans career fair: The Martin~- burg Veterans Affairs Medical Cen- ter Gaining Occupational and Life Skills Program will host a veter- ans career fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday. This event provides vet- erans an opportunity to explore fu- ture careers and educational opportu- nities. The event is open for all veter- ans. For questions on the event, call 304-263-0811, ext. 3852 or emall ro- Movie night: The Shepherdstown Community Club is presenting the family movie HUGO at Morgan's Grove Park on Friday. The showing will begin at dusk. All members of the community are invited. The mov- ie is appropriate for all ages. There is no admission fee. Donations are ac- cepted. Popcorn, candies and water will be sold. WVU alumni night: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Total cost is $40 per person. The fifth race will be the alumni association trophy race. Classic automobile and motorcy- of the Brethren, 505 Blossom Dr Shepherdstown. To purchase tickets; For tickets, or tobecome a sponsor, cle Mill Creek Interme- Martinsburg. Help pack the food, cal1304-876-3325. call 304-725-9787 or email ian.gin- diate School, Bunker Hill on Sat- meet new friends, and kick off the Sponsored urday starting at 5 p.m. Sponsored new school year. Bring the chil- Family reunion: All descendants by Eastern Panhandle WVU Alum- by Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Club. dren to enjoy music, face paint- of John Jacob Link and their fam- ni Chapter. $2 donation per vehicle. Food con- ing, snacks, and lots of fun. Please ilies are invited to attend the 60tl~ cessions will be available. For ques- bring a non-perishable food item. Link Family reunion on Sun- Audubon event: The Potomac Val- tions, call 540-533-6697 or 304-262- For questions, call 304-268-8778 day at 1 p.m. at Elk Presbyteriari Icy Audubon Society will sponsor 1972. or go to www.communitycom- Church in Duffields. Please brin~ a "Pledge to Hedge" event at the, a dish for the potluck luncheotl Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve Kids celebration: Community and a serving spoon. Beverages on Saturday from 7 to l 1 a.m. Combined Ministries willbe hold- Rubber ducky classic: Good Shep- and utensils will be provided. Th~ "Pledge to Fledge" is a new intema- ing a Kidz Power Pacs Celebra- herd Caregivers' second annual fund- church has invited all to attend tional initiative designed to promote tion Packing on Saturday from raiser will be held on Saturday start- the 11 a.m. service. For questions, greater interest in birds and birding. 9 to 11 a.m. at Fellowship Church ing at 4:30 pan. at the Town Run in call 304-724-7594. The event is free to everyone with . ; an interest in birding. For questions Community ' Community i,Community ' about the event, contact monsansa- or call 240-291- " ; 6465. required. On-line registration is avaiK able at The fee is $5 per child/adult teani per session For questions, call 301-'. 432-1908 or email tomandsuziS06@. for children aged 2-5 in our Preschool We are still taking registrations for our Preschool program. Please contact Debbie Thompson at or call Oakland Church at 304-725-3737 for more information. Blood drives: American Red Cross blood drives will be held at the fol- lowing locations in August: Loot- own United Methodist Church, Kear- neysville, Aug. 24 from 2 to 7 pan.; Best Buy, 276 Retail Commons Pkwy, Martinsburg, Aug. 27 from tl aan. to 5 p.m.; Shepherdstown Fire Hall, Aug. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m.; Fel- lowship Bible Church, Shenandoah Junction on Aug. 30 from 1 to 7 p.m.; Wal-Mart, Charles Town on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and City Hospital on Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up on-line at Engagement announced: Brad- ley and Ann Wilt, of Harpers Ferry, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Ann, to Robert "Bobby" Lanham Jr son of Robert Lanham, of Charles Town and Sandy Lanham, of Keameysville. Wilt is a 2010 graduate of Jefferson High and is currently studying nursing at Shep- herd University. Lanh~n is a 2010 graduate of Jefferson High and is cur- rently studying education at Shepherd University. A July 2013 wedding in Charles Town is planned. Free trees: Those who join the Ari bor Day foundation in August will Audubon Wee Naturalists pro- receive 10 free white flowering dog gram announced: The Potomac Val- wood trees through the Foundation' ley Audubon Society's Wee Natural- Trees for America campaign. Th~ ists program is returning after a break trees will be shipped at the correct for the summer. The program is de- time for planting in each member's signed to provide regular opportuni- area, between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. ties for children ages 3 to 5 to explore The trees are guaranteed to grow or nature. Each session will last from replaced free of charge. To receive 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dates for this fall's the free trees, send a $10 member- sessions are Aug. 23; Sept. 17 and 18; ship contribution to Ten Dogwoods, Oct. 15 and 16.; Nov. 12 and 13; and Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Dec. 3 and 4. To ensure that everyone Ave Nebraska City, NE 68410 by receives close attention, enrollment Aug. 31 or join online at arborday. will be limited and pro-registration is org/august. I trial of John Brown andI Craft Fair Parade of Horses Music Farm to Fork Children's Workshop Games Meet George Multimedia and Charles Presentation Washington Rock Wall Pie Bake Off Guided Walking The Anvil Play Tours Heritage Quest Ghost Tours Scavanger Hunt I $ervicing Propane & Natural Gas Factory Trained Technicians i il . Gas Fireplaces, Heaters & Stoves : Heating & Air Conditioning iiii Pool Heaters Generators / Water Softeners Appliances Builders Services 24 HR. Gas Emergency Service To Our Customers i~ ~ iiii'!iiiii',i',i',iiiiii;' r- ]