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To soften the sorrow,To comfort the living,Flowers say it best!
On Sunday evening Daniel, Julia, and I, along with some other relatives, visited my grandparents. We laughed and cheered as we watched the children try out their “train.” With their imagination at its best, they constructed a train. It consisted of two 3-wheeled bicycles as the engineers, with a nephew sitting in one of the carriers, followed by a little wagon with Julia and two other cousins. Next came a bike cart carrying a child, then after that were three small two-wheeled carts, each escorting someone. Each train car was tied to the one in front of it, making a unique yet hilarious
caravan. The rst attempts to
get started were a bit jerky
and denitely a challenge for
the engineers who did their very best in pulling the heavy load. After several attempts it went more smoothly. Recently we had the opportunity of attending a family reunion on my dad’s side. Quite some time had passed since I last saw my 49 Raber cousins. With a lot of us cousins being young married the number of little children and babies is skyrocketing. It’s hard to keep track of them all. The meals were well organized. Two aunts or uncles, along with their married children, were in charge of planning, preparing, and serving one meal. That way each of us got a turn. We arrived on Friday evening in time for supper. Two uncles, who are cooks at heart, grilled delicious
hamburgers over a re while
the rest of us visited and tried to wait patiently for them to complete their task. It took some time with there being a total of 107 people. Besides the hamburger sandwiches, potato casseroles, pie, and soft serve ice cream were also on the menu. Everything tasted top notch. After dark some of us
gathered around the re once
more. A crackling fire at night is so cozy and inviting. We chatted awhile and then joined the others who were enjoying a scrumptious snack, including huge, moist doughnuts. On Saturday morning at 7:30, the large, old fashioned dinner bell was rung, indicating to all that breakfast would soon be ready. Breakfast stacks had been prepared. The stacks started off with biscuits, eggs, potatoes, and ended with onions, cucumbers, sausage gravy, and a cheese sauce. Mmmm, that was yummy! The day was spent visiting and playing games such as volleyball, corn hole, etc. Several of us ladies filled a bunch of water balloons which were used for water balloon volleyball. The players paired up by twos, each holding two corners of a large bath towel. Placing a water balloon in the towel, they would give it a quick
ing and send it ying across
the net where an opposing team member tried to catch it with one of their towels and send it back again. It
denitely added a different
twist to a regular volleyball game. Thankfully it was a beautiful day, so most of the time was spent outdoors. I helped Julia and her little cousins blow bubbles. They made quite the mess, but enjoyed it all the same. Don’t children have more fun if they can make a mess with whatever they’re doing? My family was among the ones responsible for lunch. We made a “mush” taco (in dutch) or mashed potato
taco. It was a rst for me to
be making it, or even having tasted it. It also consisted of different foods, put on a
stack. Each person xed his or
her own stack as he pleased. Mashed potatoes were topped with fried venison with taco seasoning. Next was lettuce, onions, cucumbers, cheese sauce and taco chips. Most of us stayed until Sunday afternoon. We had our own services on Sunday morning which was something different for us, yet also interesting. We sang a while then Uncle Vernon, who is a bishop, shared about God’s plan for mankind, and how He sent Jesus, a perfect example. We are now called to walk in his steps: to love as he loved “others”, and to serve as he served those around him. Living for the Lord truly is a blessed life! This week I’ll share a recipe of one of the most scrumptious foods we had at the reunion. My cousin’s wife from Pennsylvania had made these heavenly oatmeal bars. I told her I’ll have to get a copy of her recipe, to share it with you.
2 cups oatmeal1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups our
1-1/2 teaspoons salt1 cup butter 1/2 cup coconut (optional) Mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Press remaining crumbs into a 9 x 13” pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.1/2 cup peanut butter 1 can sweetened condensed milk Mix together. Spread on baked crust. 1 cup chocolate chips1 cup M & M’s Sprinkle on top of peanut butter mixture. Spread reserved crumbs on top. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Gloria Yoder, age 24, lives in a traditional Amish community outside Flat Rock, Ill. She has a husband, Daniel, age 26, and a 2-1/2 year-old daughter, Julia. Gloria is the third Amish Cook writer in the 23-year history of this column. Learn more by visiting Amish365.com.
She is also survived by two daughters, Heather (Jamie) Hart and Kirsten (Brian) King, and four grandchildren, Sydnie Hart, Mackinley Hart, Madison King and Tate King, all of Winter Park; and brother Jack Yearling of Payne. Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 26 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with graveside services at Lehman Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Samaritan’s Purse in memory of Ann Kroen. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
JAMES MILLER 1936-2014
GROVER HILL – James O. Miller, age 77, of Grover Hill, died Thursday morning, Aug. 21, at his residence.
GLENN BAKER 1942-2014
HAVILAND – Glenn A. Baker, 71, of Haviland, died at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
SCOTT – Doyle D. Whitaker, of Scott, died at 2:07 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Delphos Vancrest Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 5, 1936 in Scott, the son of Llewllyn and Blanche (Harmon) Whitaker, both of whom are deceased. On March 20, 1990, he married Nancy Williamson, who survives in Scott. Doyle was a lifelong resident of Scott and was a tool and die maker at Dana Weatherhead. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-58 and participated in testing the atomic bomb in Operation Redwing. He was also a life member of the Eagles. Also surviving are four stepchildren, Tom (Angie) Whitaker of Hoagland, Ind., Tonda (Bill) Hawk of Van Wert, Susie (Neil) Blackmore of Payne and Babette (Makoto) Kurita of Houston; a sister, Anna Jean Bigelow of Scott; and 10 step-grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be at a later date to be announced. Brickner Funeral Home Van Wert is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com.
Lake Erie Nutrient ReductionProgram promotes cover crops
Deb Hubbard of Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District weighed in on the Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program (LE NRP) recently. She said it is a voluntary program that cost shares with farmers to plant cover crops or install drainage management devices such as controlled drainage structures or blind tile inlets. “The dollars allocated for Paulding County appear to be spoken for, but ODNR anticipates planting cover crops on up to 25,000 acres,” she said. “To reach the goal of 25,000 acres of cover crops in the Lake Erie
Basin, our ofce is going to
continue to take applications for cover crops. Additional money for LE NRP may be distributed or new programs may come along. We will
go to our waiting list rst to
make contacts.” The cover crop will need to be planted by Oct. 15 and remain on the field until March 15. Therefore, if farmers are putting cover
crops on their elds and the eld is not already in another
government program, or if they are considering it, they should visit the Soil and Water office to fill out an application. They may be eligible for cost share. According to Hubbard, cover crops have proven to be very beneficial. She
listed some of the benets,
which include: decreasing compaction, disease control, double crop for livestock, erosion control, improving soil health, increasing organic content, soil temperature moderation, nutrient production and storage, profitability and weed suppression. “By decreasing compaction, we can greatly slow the water run-off,” concluded Hubbard. “Some cover crops or blends can greatly enhance your spring crop. All in all, healthy soil is valuable soil.”
Mercy Deance Clinic warns of fraudulent calls
DEFIANCE – Mercy
Deance Clinic is warning
patients and community members of fraudulent phone calls being made by scammers claiming to represent the clinic. “We want to emphasize that our patient records are secure — there has been no breach. These scammers are making random calls in the community claiming to be a collection agency working
for Mercy Deance Clinic,”
explained Chad L. Peter, Mercy Defiance president and CEO. “They insist that the call recipient has an overdue account balance and claim they need the call recipient’s Social Security number to resolve the issue. Do NOT give your Social Security number or any other personal information to these callers; no one calling from Mercy about an account balance would ever ask you for your Social Security number,” Peter continued. If patients should receive such a call and want to be sure that they do not have an overdue balance, they should
call Mercy Deance Clinic
at 419-784-1414 or 800-925-4642 and ask for Patient Services.