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10 .SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, November 12, 1998 ( r ] ] 1 1 1 t t 1 ( t t i ( r ( ! i ! 1 ] I ! ! ( { { l 1 ! t I ] 1 t E z ( l t 1 Mary Belle Starliper Rt. 3, Box 293 Kearneysville, WV 25430 Hi Folks! For what it's worth, our source, "Old-Timey Signs and Sayings" by Ferne Shelton, tells us that if we've gotten cold weather before November 15, we can expect a mild winter to follow. I don't think it's been very cold, yet, do you? We'll see! Being a "meteorologist" in the "old-timey". days must have been a 7-day-a-week-24-hours-a-day-job! Or - maybe everyone was his/her own weather forecaster - that sounds more like it! They used happenings of nature as "signs" of what kind of weather to be prepar- ing for. Signs such as: how the smoke from their wood fires rose into the air - thin curls indicated snow, falling back to the ground indicated rain, etc. They relied greatly on the habits of the ani- mals and insects around them to predict the weather for them, too! Such as, big wooly caterpillars ap- pearing in late summer and the thickness of the fur on raccoons, bears, and other animals all fore- casted severe weather was com- ing. Some of the "Old-Timey Signs and Sayings" have carried through the generations and we still "go by" them today (especially if we've missed the evening weather report). I remember when my brother and I were kids, growing up here in our town, that on cold, still winter evenings we could hear the trains' whistles blowing as they rolled through Kearneysville - about 5 miles away! Of course, there were many more "iron horses" in those days than today as the railroad was chief means of transportation of goods and for long trips - people, too! On these still evenings men- tioned above, Morn would say, "Listen to the train - that's a sure sign of snow!" We also "useta" watch for big, black or dark - brown, wooly caterpillars as a sign of severe weather ahead. Mom also predicted snow when the air was thick with the aroma of crack- ling wood fires -somewhere in the area! Now that I think about the whole thing, maybe my mother was our very own "meteorologist"! We liked her predictions, anyway- especially on school days! How are things at your neck of the woods, folks? We hope you're preparing for the upcoming days of winter with a feeling of antici- pation, not dread! Winter time can be a nice time to just enjoy the rest of the family. You're in the house much earlier and if you play your cards right this can become a much-needed time for everyone to just relax and talk/listen to each other. For those who must stay in- doors during the seeming long CARSON BIOGRAPHER LINDA LEAR TO SPEAK AT CENTER The spirit and legacy of biolo- gist and writer Rachel Carson are apparent throughout the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Na- tional Conservation Training Cen- ter in Shepherdstown - from the new display about her life's work at the NCTC conservation mu- seum to the guest dormitory named in her honor to the NCTC training curriculum, which fea- tures technical subjects she helped to pioneer as a Service em- ployee over five decades ago. In tribute to the indelible im- pact that Rachel Carson had on the Interior Department agency and on America's environmental consciousness, the National Con- servation Training Center will host her biographer, Dr. Linda Lear, on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m for a presentation on Carson's work and enduring con-: tributions to natural resource con-' servation. The November 19 presentation will focus on Carson's career in the Fish and Wildlife Service and its predecessor agencies, where she worked from 1936 to 1952. Carson authored the classic "Si- lent Spring" in 1962 - an examina- tion of the effect of pesticides on wildlife that is widely credited for helping to launch the environmen- tal movement in America: Lear's talk, open to the public, will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Auditorium on the NCTC campus, located 4 miles north of Shepherd- stown, West Virginia, on Shep- herd Grade Road. It will be fol- lowed by an informal reception, where copies of Lear's books will be available for purchase and autographing. The National Conservation Training Center cordially invites its neighbors in Jefferson, Berke- ley and Washington Counties and at Shepherd College to attend this latest in a continuing series of evening programs at the center. For more information, contact David Klinger at NCTC at 304/ 876-7670. months of W]}iter - there's always a good book to read, puzzles to conquer and all sorts of craft ideas for you to try! Winter time doesn't have to be "the pits"! The secret according to your FLC is - keep busy! Hint For The Week Folks, do you ever cook break- fast for supper? By that I mean have pancakes, eggs, sausage, ba- con, etc for the evening meal. We do that quite often here at the Starliper corner of Leetown - espe- cially on the cool, damp evenings of fall and winter. If your family is 'a "pancake lov- ing" family and you'd rather not use as much grease as is involved in the making and baking of them, this hint is for you: When making pancakes, only grease the pan for the first batch. After that, rub a raw potato on the hot griddle in- stead of oil or grease. Pancakes will not stick and the pan will not smoke and you're baking them al- most "fat-free"! Recipe It's November, it's Thanksgiv- ing, it's time for Pumpkin Pie! The following recipe I found in one of my mother's cookbooks. It's dated October 26, 1974 and has the name "Virginia" on top. I can only guess, and my guess is that this is a recipe from my mother's cousin, Virginia Blue Clapman (to us she was Aunt Virginia). PUMPKIN PIE: 1 1/2 cup cooked pumpkin (not canned); 3/4 cup brown sugar; 1/2 cup milk (she used Carnation canned); 1/4 cup cream; 2 eggs; 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; 1/2 tsp. nutmeg; heaping 1/4 tsp. ginger; 1/4 tsp. salt. Mix all together and pour into prepared pie crust. Makes one pie. (hint: It's easier if you put the pie crust in the oven first then pour pie mixture into it). Bake at 400 for 50 minutes. Sounds like a lot of work for pumpkin pie - but - if you want a tasty, old-time pumpkin pie - it's well worth the trouble. Happy Anniversary Congratulations to Jean and Kitty Long, of Tuscawilla Hills - the couple was united in marriage - 50 years ago this month! ,lean is the daughter of Dot Willis and the late Charles "Lefty" Willis, who lived for many years - in Leetown! We wish you a very happy anni- versary and suggest you celebrate the whole year! Fifty Years to- gether is not to be taken lightly, you know! You found the right for- mula in the beginning and it's lasted - 50 years! That's an ac- complishment of which to be very proud! and many more Remembering Our house was usually the cen- ter of attention - growing up here in Leetown! Everyone knew my mother would be baking donuts on the day of the first snow! She did it every year we were home and kept the tradition alive even after we left home. She made them from her own recipe, used a glass to cut them out and the top off the salt ~shaker to cut out the hole in the center of each, fried them in a deep fat then rolled them in pow- dered sugar. I can almost taste them now! At one point in time someoi~e gave Mom a donut cutter, complete with cutter for the hole in the center. I inherited that cut- ter, although seldom use it! Maybe this year Thanksgiving Service A community service of Praise and Thanksgiving will be held at the Leetown Baptist Church on Thanksgiving Eve, November 25, 1998, star~ing at 7 p.m. This is an annual event that features lots of good fellowship - and we'll receive a blessing! A great way for the community to "come together"! Don't Forget We need to remember, in our thoughts and prayers, those in Central America who lost every- thing when that hurricane struck several weeks ago. They were left without food and drinking water - some resorting to drinking muddy water, thus posing the threat of various diseases, along with all the other devastation. Good News to report: Mary Bowers and Vickie Lowery, both of whom underwent surgery last week, are home recovering satis- factorily! Girls, isn't it amazing how we think, before an operation, that we'll be up and about in no SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Duke St. & Rt. 480 to Mary/and Church St. King St. Ptlncess St. Walk the Walk 1. Dickinson and Wait Craft Gallery 110 East German St. Ph: 304-876-0657 2. Joe Mayer Studio & Gallery "~ 109 S. Princess St. to Keartt v ill / Ph: 304-876-1700 3. Ricco Gallery of Contemporary "~ American Art Jewelry 125 W. German St, ~ -- Ph: 30a-876-1513 4. Robin "Young Studio Gallery ~ 0 t 36 1/2 W German St, "~ Ph: 304- 876-0807 5. The Gallery at Matthews and Shank ~a) t 39 W, German St. Ph: 304-876-6550 " z, Rt 230~AtLEv 6. The Gallery at Studio 105 105 S. Princess St. ~ Ph: 304-876-8080 Talk the Talk "Painting Landscapes," by Joe Mayer 5 and 6pm at the Joe Mayer Studio & Gallery "Raku Pottery," by Debbie Dickinson 5 and 6pm at the Dickinson and Wait Craft Gallery to the voters of the 55th District for once again placing your confidence in me as your House of Delegates member in Charleston. I will do everything in my power to justify that continued confidence. Again, my warmest and deepest thanks. Paid for by the Candidate. time - no problem - then after the surgery you feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks! Our thoughts and prayers are that you both are "up and about" very soon! Folks, please continue to center your thoughts and prayers around all those in your family who are ill, also others you know are ill or suf- fering in any way. I ask you to re- member Frankie Gardner and his family, Stacey Dodson, Mary Ann Lee, Richard Roland, Paul Jack- son, and all those you know of who are dealing with long-term illness. If you'll call and let us know, we'll put them on our lists, too! We need to be thankful all the time, you know, but especially in this time of the Thanksgiving holi- day - Be Thankful for the many blessings we receive every day! My Advice: Wear Goggles! Folks, you know my Aunt Dot Blue - feisty little bundle of energy who makes us all look lazy! She and Uncle Nabe have lived here in Leetown for almost all their mar- ried life - in the little white house across from t~e Leetown Market Aunt Dot has a 'green thumb' when it comes to raising flowers, etc. and also arranging them! tlmughts and Now hear this: While out tending Makes me her lovely front porch plants, a mg corn gust of wind blew a leaf of oneTill plant (hearing sharp, pointed Enjoy your leaves) across Aunt Dot's face and share! eye, causing injury to the eye.Thought We're told it's quite a painful in- Blessed are jury. We'll remember her in ourthey shall not be Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Together, we will continue to work toward a pro- ductive future for our State and County. Sincerely, West Virginia House of Delegates 56th District "For All People A Paid for by Manuel for House of Delegates, Fran Hall, Treasurer Rear Entrance of Race Track Ranson, WV 25438 2rM Thursday & Saturday Night, 5-9 p.m. of each month Steamed Shrimp Fried Shrimp Fresh Fried Oysters Oyster Stew Broiled Scallops B-B-Q Ribs Fried Scallops Hush Puppies Cajun Catfish Fries Fried Chicken Crab Le Lunch (11-3) [ (11-2) w~ Soup-Salad Bar and a non-alcoholic beverage Friday Night Buffet $7.95 w~ Soup-Salad Bar I I I Crab Cakes, Prime Rib-Every Friday, Saturday & (10 oz. cut) Roast Turkey w! Dressing Fried Chicken Honey Baked Ham Pork-n-Sauerkraut Desserts Reservations Baked Cod Macaroni Fried Shrimp Succotash Roast Beef Green Beans Mashed Potatoes Salad Bar Iced Tea/Coffee/Soda are recommended, thank you :7:5:~