By Jim Lewis
What chores do you enjoy the least? I have to say that going to the dump, (landfill) is on my list. It’s not a big deal, but I just don’t look forward to it. I had to go the other day and it was super-hot and muggy. It wasn’t the best time, but the load had been sitting there a long time and I wanted to get the job behind me; it had to get done. On top of some recyclables and trash cans in the back of the truck, I also had a utility trailer with a very heavy, expensive load, (even the scale attendant commented on it) of awkward miscellaneous items. The contents were not light and difficult to unload. It took a quite a while and garbage trucks took turns unloading next to me, making it even hotter and more aromatic! Somehow some creosote had spilled in the trailer and onto much of the load. I ended up wearing a lot of it and ruining my pants. Two separate bags of dirt and gravel managed to break and spill in the trailer, (of course mixing with creosote) providing a nice mess for the un-named driver who did not bring a broom! Other than that, the job went very well.
By William Bower
When taking a walk on a sunny morning, with a gentle breeze blowing, one can not help but think that everything in nature is serene. However, a recent picture sent to me, by Scott Crandell, of Mifflinburg, shows that everything is not as it appears.
Scott had been taking pictures of a cuckoo bird sitting on a limb near its nest, and as he was walking home he noticed a crow flying overhead. He was able to snap a picture of the crow, and was surprised to find the crow had a young bird in its beak. Scott e-mailed the picture to me with the caption, “The crow flew over the cuckoo’s nest.” Now, Scott was not sure if the crow took the young bird out of the cuckoo’s nest or from another bird’s nest.
By Canton Fitness Center
Reasons Why You Should Eat Bitter Foods
“Yuck!” might be your first reaction to bitter foods, but there are many health benefits if you can do it. I came across this information in a blog on the Nature’s Sunshine website and was intrigued by the topic. So, what are bitter foods and what can they do for your health? Let’s see.
First, a little biology lesson. In the body, the “bitterness” sends a chemical reaction throughout the body. The bitterness is what makes it healthy and sweetening the bitter food often negates many of the benefits. The chemicals responsible for the bitterness are carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols, but they are good for you. The modern diet is deficient in these compounds and can be partially the reason for the rise in digestive illnesses, inflammatory conditions, immune problems, diabetes and others.
By Evangelist Eric Smith
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
1-The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
By Richard & Joyce Pratt
Here it is the last full week of June with what looks like a beautiful summer day coming up.
We have had quite a little rain lately. I looked at the rain gauge last night and it had over 2 inches of rain in it. However, it hadn't been emptied for a few days.
With the 4th of July coming up next week, many of the doors are decorated with red, white, and blue and lot of flags, etc.
Do you remember when nearly every town had fireworks on the 4th? I remember Troy's at Alparon Park, back when we were younger and the railroad still ran through the park.
By Elaine Gee
Well it's Monday night so I guess I better get on the ball and get my news written.
I was down to Barb Manley's on Friday and her sister Judy has been here from Florida and Barb is going back with her for a couple of weeks and Dick is going to Florida to visit his brother, Roy.
Barb and Jim Bailey have been down to South Carolina to visit her son.
Velma Bailey and Puretia Sweetman called on me on Saturday afternoon.
As many of you know I usually refer to my readers by first name only. This is done for privacy reasons of course to protect the writer from an occasional beating.
With that in mind I'm sure Marge will enjoy the latest pepper episode.
It all started with the June 17th auction at Ed Pepper's Auction barn. We went of course not planning any big purchase but when offered a "flat" of pepper plants at a truly ridiculous price, well what do you expect? A "flat" turned out to be a total of 44 (at least) individual plants.
By Terren Smith
Hi all, how was your week?
Big Pond Lions went to Tomassos for a dinner banquet and change of officers.
New President is Liston Pepper; Vice President, Neil McDonald; Secretary, Leonard Latchford. All had a good time and a good meal.
On Friday, myself and two of my friends from church Chris Brown and Mary Brennon, went to the Jolly Trolley in Dushore to celebrate Chris's birthday.
By Lorelei Colton
What gorgeous weather we have been having – even those humid days are welcomed as I seem to be reliving those 20+ below zero mornings of last winter. But, what a fabulous heat bill! On that note, I can imagine what the electric bill will be running the air conditioners… I sound like I’d complain no matter what, right? My dad (Max) used to refer to those kinds of people as: “they’d complain if you hung them with a new rope!” On that note, I’m reminded to count my many blessings.
By Esther Butcher
Do you think it will ever quit raining? The farmers all up the coast to Vermont are having a hard time with all this rain and no hay. Three days in a row of sunshine would be really nice.
Condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Pat Kelly, Calabash, NC who passed away last week. He was the brother of Dona Beers and Peggy Bulkley. Condolences to all the Beers and Bulkley families.
Brian and Cindy went to VanEtten, NY to camp over the weekend. Brian went with Mike Park and grandsons to a Kid’s fishing derby in Spencer, NY.
Okay, it is HOT, humid, and no one wants to be in a hot kitchen cooking lunch or supper.
Here are several easy and light meals, some which you don't even need to cook.
By Kathie Lepper
I picked up a few items for this column as I was out and about here on "The Ridge" this Monday morning. Many folks said that they are resting up after their busy weekend.
Charlotte Tillotson wrote that they had a good turnout for their family reunion and celebration of Brad and Faye Pepper's 50th wedding anniversary at Mt. Pisgah State Park, Saturday. It was a great day with 52 family members in attendance she said.
By John Shaffer
In the past several years President Obama raised the specter of "racism" over any incident involving black victims and white suspects. As it developed, none of them were incidents of racially-based violence. Ironic that when we have an incident that truly is a race-based attack - the horrendous murders of nine black people in their church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white racist, the President has not played that card - instead, he used the attack to push for gun control.
By Rev. Kenneth Marple, M.A.
A Heretic May Be Someone Who Follows Christ Too Closely
When people fail to win their point fair and square, they often resort to name calling. It’s not intelligent or decent; but, it isn’t intended to be. Often times, a name that, for all good reasons, should be considered a compliment is actually intended as a humiliation. For example, in the past, people who helped the poor were called “do-gooders.” When I was a kid I used to think, “Can’t they think of something more imaginative than that? After all, none of our parents wanted us to grow up to be ‘do-baders’.” People who resisted racial bias, and identified with the plight of African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s were called “nigger-lovers;” the term was meant to be offensive --and it was. You would think that either of the above phrases would have been compliments --they weren’t. To resist racial bias or to help the poor and disadvantaged were thought of as the height of stupidity and evil by many Americans.