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FOURTH OF JULY HISTORY
By: Fred Markle The Fourth of July has been a popular event in Linton for over 100 years. The ﬁrst parades, as you can see, were on Vincennes Street west then up Main Street. Picnics, music, and entertainment ﬁlled the day in Haseman Grove (the woods north of the elementary school). The story was once told that a man giving hot air balloon rides lost control of his balloon and ended up in the ditch north and east of the school grounds. Fireworks always ended the day and they were held over by the baseball ﬁelds. The pictures include one looking at the parade going down South Main. Also, one photo is a car dressed up to advertise Scott dry goods. They were located 42 South Main Street in what is now the Trustee Ofﬁce. They sold all types ﬁne cloth on the ﬁrst ﬂoor and ladies’ clothes in their upstairs showroom. The other two pictures were in the 1930’s and show the parade going up Main Street.
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Doc Ferd’s Castor Oil Remedy
Used to be when someone thinks about castor oil they think of old movies when a kid had a stomach ache and his kin poured him a tablespoon of castor oil. Well it is true that was its main usage, but I have found another use. When you have tired and burning feet, rub some castor oil on them. It not only helps easy the pain, it also keeps the skin smooth and moist. It is great for dry skin and calluses. I have also talked to people who say it helps neuropathy. Give it a try!
day and watch the racers in action. There’s no fee for those who wish t o just stop in and watch or kick up their heels in support for their favorite racer. Want to race a mini but don’t have a vehicle? Then drop in and see Jarman in his shop. He sells ready-to-run mini-cars as well as build-it-yourself kits. You could even purchase a mini-helicopter, too. Not certain what type of vehicle is right for you? Jarman is more than happy to lend a hand to those who are looking for their dream mini. He offers free advice and tips on building a mini-racing vehicle. The Hoosier Hobbies shop also stocks parts for nearly all the racing minis. Every mini-vehicle that Hoosier Hobbies sells has replacement parts available for it—unlike those at Radio Shack or Wal-Mart. So if you’re planning on doing some serious racing—and your mini will get beat up and parts will be lost or broken—then it’s best to go with a model for which replacement parts are readily available. A plus to having the shop next to the race park is if a racer wrecks the vehicle during a race they may be able to get it repaired on the spot and just in time to enter it into a later heat. Now then, you have a mini-car ready to race but could never ﬁnd a place to run your vehicle? Hoosier Hobbies offers you a fun racing park where you can spend time doing what you love the most. Races run every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with warm-up time starting at 10:00 a.m. There are varying heats racers may sign up for—stock-buggy, stock-truck, mini (1/18 scale), and novice. Fees for racing are $13 for one class, $20 for two classes, and $25 for all classes. Winners of each heat are posted on the announcement board at the end of the race day. How about practice time in order to get more proﬁcient at racing your vehicle before you compete against other racers? Once again, Hoosier Hobbies is the place to go. Doors are open for practice time on Tuesdays from 5-9:00 p.m. and the cost is only $7 to use the indoor track. For those who would rather race gas-powered minis versus battery powered, Hoosier Hobbies raceway is the perfect place to bring such vehicles so the fun may begin. If you just need parts for your mini then shop hours are: Tuesday 1-9:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 1-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (race begins at 1:00). Hoosier Hobbies even offers something for area business owners/operators looking to draw more customers to their own enterprise. Advertisement space is available at the raceway park via vinyl or wooden signs that are posted around the inner raceway wall. Contact Jarman Lannon for more information on how to put your business in the spotlight.
arman Lannon, owner/operator of Hoosier Hobbies, located on Hwy 54 west of Linton (former Jack Wheeler Ford dealership), offers a unique pastime for those who love racing cars. Interestingly, the vehicles cannot be ridden in, but they can be driven. Hoosier Hobbies opened an indoor race park this past February where mini-car racers could show their love for the hobby and the sport. Jarman raced tent-scale minis for several years before ﬁnally deciding to make a dream come true by opening his own race park. By word of mouth, news of the race park has traveled far and wide so that mini-car racers from all over Indiana, as well as other states, visit the race park to compete against each other. Mini-cars, stock-trucks, and stock-buggies are the types of vehicles racers may maneuver around a large indoor dirt track. There are several “heats” and each heat lasts 5 minutes. The driver who completes the most laps wins the heat. Don’t like to be behind the wheel but you like to be a spectator? Then this is the place for you. Drop by on race
Hoosier Hobbies: 847-0257 or go online to: www.hoosierhobbiesraceway.com
Written by Ruby Moon-Houldson
Everything You Need to Know About Website Design
Part 3: What is in a “Domain” Name? By: Kegan Inman & Charles Garwood
Domain Name: The unique name that identiﬁes an Internet site. There are several things you should know about the internet and developing websites. Before you can even get people to your website, you must have a domain name. This is used as part of your URL (Universal Resource Locator) so people do not have to remember complicated IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Another part of the URL that is generally not a requirement anymore is www. This preﬁx stood for World Wide Web but with modern web browsers, it isn’t required except in very few circumstances. When choosing your domain name, there are many extensions to choose fro m and reasons to use each extension. You should consider these reasons when picking your domain name. You can purchase and use all of the extensions. But if you do not plan on purchasing all of the extensions which is a common practice, then you should choose the one that is appropriate for your business, organization, or personal use.
You must remember that purchasing a domain name is similar to leasing it. You must pay a yearly fee to maintain your domain name through the registrar of your choosing. A registrar is a company that is allowed to sell domain names. I suggest to my clients that all domain names be purchased and maintained through GoDaddy.com because of the easyto-use management system and reasonable pricing. Each domain name with a different extension is priced and paid for separately. Domain Extensions .com: Pronounced as dot-com, this domain name is generally meant to be used for commercial organizations. It is also the most popular of all the domain names on the internet. .net: Refers to networks and commonly used by internet service providers. .org: This domain is mostly used by organizations, nonproﬁt and proﬁt. .biz: This is a domain that never really was popularized but started for use by businesses. .edu: This domain is reserved for educational institutions. .mil: The military has exclusive rights to using this domain name extension. .gov: Government agencies use the dot-gov domain name for their purposes only. .info: The dot-info domain has no real group that it was set aside for use by, but generally refers to informative websites.
Effective Domain Name Uses When you choose a domain name, it is best to pick one that is short and easy to remember. A domain name for example as www.mybusinessdomainnameisgreat.inf is not going to www.mybusinessdomainnameisgreat.info easily be remembered by people interested in your business and with a longer domain name, they are more likely to make mistakes typing it in. You may also want to consider when presenting your domain name to the public, a practice referred to as Intercapping. This is so the public can easily distinguish the words in your domain name. I do this frequently with visitgreenein.com, presenting it as VisitGreeneIN.com. In the intercapped version, it is easy to make out the “Visit”, “Greene” and “IN” and by doing that, you will more easily remember the domain name. Some people undertake purchasing a domain name themselves but many prefer to ask the advice of a trusted local website design ﬁrm to pick the best domain name. Local website design ﬁrms are skilled in the area of domain name choosing and purchasing and will not lead you astray in your journey to your own website. Kegan Inman / Charles Garwood Co-Owners of Kegan’s Kandy Web Services www.keganskandy.com www.keganskandy.co / 699-0628
be interested in another state to consider bringing their businesses, and those jobs, to Indiana instead. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Part Tec CEO Herchel Workman was asked why he chose Linton as the site location for their newest facility. Looking and nodding toward Linton Mayor Tom Jones he said, “Because of that man right there. Tom Jones is the reason we are here.” When asked about the incredible opportunity to have the ﬁrst-ever high-tech manufacturer in the county, Jones said, “This company is exactly what we’ve been trying to attract to locate in Linton. For the past two years, I’ve concentrated heavily on economic development. This project, due to its conﬁdential nature, was not brought in through the Linton Economic Development Committee because it demanded the utmost conﬁdentiality and I was asked to keep things quiet until Part Tec was ready to announce that they had received the Department of Energy contract. I am incredibly proud that Mr. Workman and Part Tec have decided to locate in Linton, and I am even prouder that they have the faith in us that we can provide them with the facility and services they require to perform their unique manufacturing. It is great that they are the only facility of their kind in the world, and they have chosen Linton as the place to develop their products. We welcome them and wish them the best good fortune in their endeavors.” When asked about Part Tec’s impact on economic development in Linton Jones said, “When other companies are looking for a site, they want to know that the location they are looking at is appealing to other companies and that other companies have recently chosen that location. Part Tec’s presence in Linton means more to economic development than most people realize because now that they have shown conﬁdence in Linton, others will see that and want to locate here as well.” “Its all about perception of growth. When a community does not grow, the perception site selectors get is that the community is dying. Linton has been on the move, improving infrastructure, improving services, updating equipment and buildings, and positioning itself as a leader. We still have some work to do, and we are working each day to make great opportunities happen for our citizens. We anticipate more manufacturing companies locating in Linton in the next twelve months.”
Linton Attracts First High-Tech Manufacturer: Part Tec, Ltd.
By: LuAnn Kohler
n a warm May morning, Part Tec, Ltd. CEO, Herchel Workman, and Linton Mayor Tom Jones held a gala ribboncutting ceremony for Greene County’s ﬁrst and only hightech manufacturing plant right here in Linton. Part Tec, headquartered in Bloomingon, opened its doors in late winter under the hush of falling snow, and almost as silently, until the ink was dry on their much-anticipated contract with the Department of Energy, which was approved in early March. Part Tec was awarded a $513,000 contract to build neutron detectors that will supply the Spallation Neutron Source, which is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Part Tec CEO, Workman, said of the project, “Part Tec is very pleased to work with SNS and glad that we can assist such a notable organization with their research needs.” Workman went on to say that, “Part Tec is the only commercial enterprise in the world producing this type of neutron detector and we believe this contract will help position us as the preferred partner in supplying this technology for public and private organizations conducting neutron scattering research.” Dr. John Cameron, President of Part Tec said in a recent press release, “This contract is the result of the unique expertise that Part Tec has gained through an SBIR grant from the Department of Energy and from the support of Indiana’s 21st Century Fund to develop advanced detectors for use in this area.” The Department of Energy awards various grants to companies that are developing technology the government would like to implement into its own systems. Often, new technologies are developed by private companies and when the DOE, or the Department of Defense or other government entities are sought out by these companies, the government issues grants for future research and development to satisfy their stringent regulations. The 21st Century Fund is one of Indiana’s most valuable economic development incentives. The Fund offers new, emerging, high-tech manufacturing companies the opportunity to get funding and incentives to support their endeavors and encourages companies that might otherwise
Written by: Lintonian Staff Traveling along Highway 59 just south of Linton, several eyes have alighted upon a curiosity sitting tall in a Linton resident’s yard. The question most frequently asked is: WHAT IS IT? Well, you can now come and see for yourself. The object…a 12x12x12 foot pylon-shaped building. A pylon looks like a pyramid but with the top cut straight across instead of being pointed. What is the purpose of the building you may ask? It is a quiet getaway spot for one area author (Ruby Moon-Houldson) in which she may work with minimal interference from those around her. The unique atmosphere inspires creativity for her work. The interior is unique. It has neon-lighted accessories, a misting fountain bowl that changes color, glow-inthe-dark wallpaper, blacklight reﬂective carpeting, a bookcase, books, table and chairs, television, and a VCR/DVD combo unit. Much of the building materials and interior decorating supplies have been purchased from local merchants–Diana’s Wall Paper, Ross’ Floor Store, Rice’s Building Supply, Linton Glass Company, and Wal-Mart to name a few. A few specialty retailers contacted the owner and contributed items for the project seeing that it was such a unique undertaking. The entire outer shell is smooth aluminum sheeting (a product available from the Amish), and held together with stainless steel screws that will never rust. Erecting the building proved to be quite a challenge for the main builder. All he had to go by was a picture and a paper model because there were no building plans to be found on the Internet or through any other building construction source. Careful planning and many long hours went
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The Lintonian would like to welcome Part Tec, Ltd. to our community!
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GETTING DOWN TO BRASS
By: LuAnn Kohler Photos by: Shad Cox
n the seventh grade the school band instructor, Mr. Barnes, set out tables of free instruments for any student who wanted to learn how to play. Browsing a table full of instruments he didn’t know the names of, one young man picked up a baritone horn and headed home. It was pouring rain and he used the bell of the horn to cover his head to keep from getting wet. When he got home, his father said, “Wasn’t there anything smaller?” So, he headed back to the school and searched until he found a small coronet. He picked it up and took it home. The rest, as Jack Shelton says, “is history. That’s when it all happened.”
Once band practice started, Jack was 4th Trumpet 5th Chair – last in the lineup of the trumpet section. He said he sat there and tried to play, and when he heard what the ﬁrst chair guys were playing, he decided then that was where he wanted to be. “No one had to tell me to practice. I loved playing. All I wanted to do was play that horn. Other kids were out doing stuff and I was home playing my horn.” When he was a sophomore, Taylor Brown and Bob McFadden took Jack to see jazz great, Gene Kruppa, in concert. He set at a table by himself in the front. He said he was transﬁxed and absolutely loved what he heard. At that moment, Jack would become a jazz trumpeter, the style he enjoys most to this day.
Jack took ﬁve lessons in seventh grade, couldn’t read the notes So he practiced and got better, but it wasn’t until Bill Pirtle real well, but admits the band needed bodies and the band took him under his wing and taught him to train his ear that the instructor told him to go get measured for a band uniform. real passion began. Pirtle also taught Jack patience, and told
Jack to put away the music charts and listen, pick a note in the chord and bring the music to life. From then on, Jack was sitting at the front of the trumpet section. When he was a sophomore, he played his ﬁrst gig with Fred Tincher in Indianapolis at a Catholic golf outing. He recalls making $17 for the show. From there, he began playing out with his teacher, Bill Pirtle. With much respect and emotion, Jack recounts the ﬁrst night Bill Pirtle introduced him. “This is my student, Jack Shelton. This is a case where, as you will hear, the student is better than the teacher.” After reﬂecting on that night for a moment, Jack commented, “That wasn’t true, but it sure felt good for him to say so.” After playing with Pirtle, Jack accepted an offer to play with Jimmie Nash’s Orchestra. For 27 years, Jack performed in the orchestra, playing everything from jazz to big band, with a little latin swing thrown into the mix. Later, Jack began playing with the Shrine Circus. Mike Puckett, Bill Pirtle, Jack, and several other musicians played for the Shrine Circus for 19 years. In 1979, Jack played in his ﬁrst Phil Harris Show to raise scholarship money for Linton students. Jack has played all but two shows since that year and recalls fondly playing with such greats as Boots Randolph, Roy Clark, Phil Harris, and Peter Marshall, to name just a few. Jack recalls Peter Marshall (of Hollywood Squares fame) being concerned about the difﬁculty of his music charts, but Jack put together a 17-piece orchestra that brought the house down. That concert was recorded and Peter Marshall was duly impressed. That soundtrack is still being sold by Marshall, and he admits it was the best group he’s worked with. Jack says the charts were very difﬁcult, but he beams with pride when he talks about amazing result and the incredible musicians he brought together. Saxophone great, Boots Randolph, recently asked Jack to get the same 17-piece group together that he and Peter Marshall played with that impressed them. Randolph is performing at several venues including shows in Indiana and in Atlanta, Georgia, and has asked Jack and the band to travel to play with them. Jack graciously accepted, contacted all of those musicians, and the group will travel together to several destinations to play. Roy Clark and Jack have had a long friendship, started with the introduction of Phil Harris. This fall, Roy Clark is having a beneﬁt in Florida, and has asked Jack to ﬂy down with several others to perform. When asked what the most memorable gig is, Jack says, “I suppose I should say playing for President Reagan in Peoria, Illinois. But, that’s not it. That’s just something I can say I’ve done. I’ve played with some great guys and I’ve enjoyed every minute.” Currently, Jack plays out about once a week. The next venue Jack is playing is the Bears Club in Bloomington on July 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. The jazz club has been the favorite stop for such greats as Dizzie Gillespie. Many people in Linton know Jack as a “shear” genius. His barber shop has been the site for many hands of Euchre and some of the tallest tales in town. In years past, it was a place where anyone was welcome to get a cut and a shave and talk about the events of the day. Jack said he rarely spent time alone in the shop because people were always stopping by to see what was going on in town. “I miss those guys who used to be around all the time.” Jack still cuts hair but says it isn’t like it used to be when the “boys” would come around and the shop would be full of friends. Jack and his wife, Sona, have been lifelong residents of Linton. They have four adult children and beloved grandchildren. If you ask Jack about his accomplishments, he says, “I have the best of it all – I have my family, the shop, the ClerkTreasurer’s job, and I play out whenever I can. I have been blessed – truly blessed.”
Do You Ever Really Own Your Home?
By: Christopher Wathen
But what if the property owner pays within the twelve month redemption period? He or she pays interest – and a lot of it! For up to six months, the holder will receive a refund equal to 110% of the minimum sale price and 10% per annum of the amount that the purchase price exceeds the minimum sale price. So, on an annualized basis, the return is much, much higher than 10% if redeemed within a short period after the sale! If redeemed more than six months from the sale, the property owner must pay 115% of the minimum sale price, plus 10% per annum of the amount that the purchase price exceeded the minimum sale price. As a person can see now, the returns to the investor are very high in comparison to other investments, but there are several risks, including: The bidder must determine what it is that he or she is actually bidding on, as it could be a property with environmental contamination, a useless strip of ground only ﬁve feet wide and hundreds of feet long, or a parcel with other major issues. There are no guarantees or warranties, so that can be a huge risk, too, if the bidder does not do his or her homework. The tax lien holder does not actually own the property during the twelve-month redemption period, so the tax lien holder has no right to be on the property. Needless to say, the owners – or vandals in general – can damage the property during that time. If the winning bidder on the tax lien fails to have the cash or ﬁnancing available to him or her to pay the County Treasurer the full amount of their winning bid by the deadline on the sale date, which is usually in the afternoon of the auction, the bid is not only canceled but the bidder is subject to a penalty equal to 25% of the total amount bid. If the tax lien holder fails to notify the owner and those with a substantial property interest, as discussed above, the court may say, “Sorry, you just lost everything that you bid on it because you didn’t follow the rules!” So, a total loss of investment is possible! As you can see, where there is money to be made, there is also risk. Greater returns typically involve greater risk. So, if there are morals to this story, they are: (1.) pay your property taxes on time, and (2.) if you want to invest, be sure to ﬁnd a competent legal advisor with experience in this area of investing.
f you think you really own your home just try ignoring your real estate taxes and see how long you “own” it! No, this isn’t a dare, but just a friendly reminder that property taxes will be due very soon. In this month’s column, we will look at the process of what happens if a person fails to pay – and how some people invest in the resulting tax liens. First, let’s discuss the basics from my research on the topic: Any property that is at least three installments behind is eligible to be added to the tax sale list. The minimum bid for the auction is set at the amount of property taxes owed, any penalties, and the associated auction costs, public notice and advertisement fees, and other miscellaneous charges. At the public auction, the bidding starts with this minimum bid and proceeds until there are no more bids. The highest bidder receives a tax lien certiﬁcate on the property in return, which is essentially a ﬁrst-priority lien and one that is superior to most everything except federal and state tax liens, even superior to previously-recorded bank mortgages. (As you know, Uncle Sam always gets his money ﬁrst, but the Governor does too!) This is an interesting phenomenon because liens typically attach to a property in the order (or priority) that they were ﬁled, so tax liens are unique in this respect. (This also explains why banks want to escrow for property taxes when you have a mortgage, so they know that the taxes are paid – and they won’t have a higherpriority lien to resolve.) Three months prior to the expiration of the redemption period (a typical redemption period is 12 months from the date of sale) the purchaser of the tax lien must send a “notice of sale” letter to the owner and any other person with a “substantial interest” in the property (e.g. the bank with a mortgage on the property) with all the information required under the Indiana Code. Of course, this requires a title search to be conducted to ﬁnd out who these “substantial” interest holders are. After these notices are sent, the tax lien holder asks the same court that issued the original judgment for delinquent taxes on the property to order the County Auditor to issue a tax deed if the property is not redeemed by the redemption period expiration date. During the period between the tax sale date (the auction date) and the expiration of the redemption period (12 months), the tax lien holder may pay all taxes, assessments, penalties and fees due for the property. Immediately upon paying for any of these additional costs, including the title search mentioned above, it must be reported to the county auditor’s ofﬁce with the receipts to record them using what is referred to as Form 137B. If this is not done, those additional expenses may not be reimbursed if the tax lien is redeemed by the property owner. So, if the tax lien is not paid by the property owner by the end of the redemption period, the tax lien holder receives a tax deed and becomes the new owner.
day. It is a day of celebration packed with fun-ﬁlled events which will include door prizes, tours, music provided by area musicians, and a picture/music video depicting snapshots taken of the old library as well as the new library as it went through its growing stages. Many community members have offered services or donations in order to see that the new Linton Public Library offers not only up-to-date library services, but that it presents to the public the look and feel of an inviting and safe place to visit. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who have helped along the way. Donations of various items and services for the new building include: 5) Jim Stevens of Jim and Dee’s Karaoke & DJ Service will provide music for the Open House. 6) Monetary donations from countless members of the community to purchase special items which weren’t covered with the building fund—thank you all. 7) Table and chairs in the tutoring room paid for by Ruby Moon-Houldson. 8) Virgil Franklin will offer his time and talent in providing music at the Open House event. 9) Picture/music video created by Ruby Moon-Houldson that will be presented to the public at the Open House. 10) Black and White Fine Art Prints for the tutoring room from Hollywood legend Leonard Nimoy (working in conjunction with Moon-Houldson) The library is taking shape in readiness for the tentative July opening, yet there are still some hurdles to be overcome. Landscape greenery and ﬂowers are yet to become a permanent element of the property surrounding the library. Bids are out for landscaping services. What the library does need is donations of items that would help with the upkeep of the landscaping. Those items are: several gallons of “Preen”, mulch, water hoses, sprinklers, rakes, shovels, clippers, and “River Rock” to go around the bike rack. If anyone would like to donate one or more of the aforementioned items, please don’t hesitate to drop them off at the library. And, thank you in advance for your support of the new Linton Public Library.
NEW LINTON LIBRARY TENTATIVE UNVEILING SCHEDULE
July 14 – Time TBA – Moving books and items from present to new building (community involvement) July 16 through July 29 – All library services will be on hold until new building opens July 30 – Linton Public Library will be open to patrons—full service August 4 – Time TBA – Open House
By: Ruby Moon-Houldson
he dream is now a reality. The building is nearly complete and the town is abuzz with anticipation. The new Linton library will serve as the heart of the city’s information system in which creativity will ﬂourish. On July 14 (time to be announced and date may change in case of inclement weather) the community is invited to band together for the long-anticipated move as books and other library-related items are transferred from the Margaret Cooper Public Library to be permanently housed in the new library. Books will be carefully stacked on book carts and shrink wrapped. The carts will then be hoisted onto ﬂatbed trucks and driven to the new building for unloading. Members of the community are invited to join together in forming a line between the two buildings to assist in handing off additional items down the line from the old building to the new. It will indeed be a sight to witness. A tentative date of July 30 has been set for patrons to visit the new library and check out books. Please be aware that new equipment will be in use and there may very likely be some kinks yet to be worked out of the system. So please be patient with staff as they work hard to serve you. Open House is tentatively set for August 4. Books may not be checked out that
UPCOMING EVENTS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
August 9 at 5 p.m. – Writers Group Meeting in the Community Room September 22 – Mr. Marion Walker, one of the few remaining survivors from Iwogema, will speak on his experiences during that difﬁcult period in time. November 6 through December 4 – Images of Native Americans—the Wanamaker Collection of Indiana University will be on display. This is a traveling art exhibition.
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1) Friends of the Library group is donating over $18,000 worth of shelving and other items for the childrens’ and young adult area. 2) Two hand-painted prints by Bonnie Bowersock (former library staff)— donated by the family. 3) A large chalk landscape print by Emmalee Morrison and donated by her son, Jim Morrison. 4) The 5th and 6th grade students from the Linton Elementary School sold freezer pops in order to raise money as a donation toward purchasing a bike rack. Jeff Thom provided inspirational input for the bike rack so as to make it a work of art versus it being just a plain bike rack. J.D. Scott of Scott’s Welding is creating the bike rack which will consist of a stand of cattails made from steel along with forged cast iron insects and animals, as may be found in the Goosepond area. The stand will be located on the East side of the library.
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into erecting this unique building that has electricity and air conditioning. Lighted palm trees, a variety of greenery, and nightlights adorn the outside of the building. The author, Ruby Moon-Houldson, will hold an open house day so all those who wish to satisfy their curiosity may do so. That day will be July 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. So drop on in, take a quick look around, and say hello to the one who works within the writer’s getaway. The author will also host her ﬁrst group of guests in the month of July when the area Writers Group members get together for their July meeting. So there it is. The writer’s unique get-away spot is done at last and you’ve been invited to stop by and take a look—free of charge. (Located on Hwy 59 South, 8/10 of a mile south of the 54/59 junction).
Look for more Linton Public Library news and upcoming events in the August issue of the Lintonian.
of eating, but you could add them whole if you First order of business is to pan-fry the prefer. I use the entire pint for two salads. Put ground meat with the seasoning. There is a the veggies on the lettuce. technique that I recommend for this to keep the powdered seasoning from clumping onto Put about 20 Dorito chips into a plastic only part of the ground meat. Take about ¾ cup ziplock baggie. Do not zip the top shut. Begin of water and pour it into the frying pan. Then to crush the chips into very small bits. I use a take the first packet of regular taco seasoning baggie so I don’t get the cheesy powder all and the ½ packet of the hot and stir into the over my hands. If you don’t care about that, just water until the crush them in your seasoning is hands. Put the Dorito well-mixed. This bits on the salad. avoids clumping If you put them on 2-3 heads of Romaine lettuce (or bibb, boston, or and improves before the hot meat, buttercrunch) flavor. Brown your lettuce does not 1 lb. Ground beef (or chuck, sirloin, or ground turkey) the meat until wilt. fully cooked and 1 large green pepper 1 pint of grape tomatoes (or 2 medium tomatoes) reduce to low to Next, spoon the 1 bag of shredded sharp (or mild) cheddar cheese keep warm. Stir seasoned ground Doritos (regular or choose your favorite) often. meat on the top. Wait 1 packet of regular taco seasoning (powder) a minute and then Next, wash all ½ packet of hot taco seasoning (powder) stir the salad. Put of the veggies. the cheddar cheese Optional ingredients: There are special on last on top of the Mullen’s French salad dressing or Catalina salad soft vegetable stirred salad so the dressing brushes or cheese does not melt. Hot peppers sponges to get any pesticides or Sour cream Garnish with sour Guacamole dip with Lime juice (for a twist and a residues off the cream, guacamole, veggies. If you do preservative) salsa, or whatever Refried beans not have a salad else you like on Onions spinner, I highly tacos. I eat mine with recommend just Mullen’s French getting one. Spinning keeps the lettuce Dressing, but you can add whatever you like. from being soggy and forming a puddle in Some folks swear by Catalina dressing. You don’t the bottom of the plate or salad bowl. It is have to add anything to it because it tastes unbelievable how much water actually pools in great with just the veggies, meat, cheese, and the bottom of the salad spinner after spinning! chips. I got mine at the Dollar Store for under $5. WalMart has them too. Once you have washed the TIP: If you want to make your own veggies, begin tearing the lettuce for the salad. guacamole (avocados, garlic powder, sour Cutting lettuce bruises it. Tearing it is better. cream), there are two ways to preserve it in the refrigerator: either put the large seed pit into Put equal amounts of lettuce on each plate the bowl or spritz with citric acid (either lemon or in each bowl. Next, cut the green pepper into juice or lime juice). Both methods preserve small pieces (about half an inch squares). For guacamole sauce and keep it from turning two salads, I use an entire large pepper. If you brown. Enjoy! want to add hot peppers, add them to taste. Be careful to use latex gloves for habaneros or For those of you who enjoy this recipe, email any other very hot peppers. Discard hot pepper me, and let me know how it works for you. For seeds or dry them to plant in the garden. Cut up comments or suggestions or to share recipes, any other veggies you want to put in the salad. I email: firstname.lastname@example.org cut the cherry or grape tomatoes in half for ease
Full-Contact Cooking with Tim Shonk
his article is for the person who believes the garbage disposal is an allpurpose meat grinder. This article is for people who want to be good cooks, even if it means a trip to the emergency room. So, put on your goggles and have some band aides handy. Let’s begin full contact cooking with Tim. Something simple that everyone loves once they have tried it is simple taco salad. Mine is made with a twist, though, because depending upon what you add to it, you can really enjoy the experience, or wish you hadn’t added the hot stuff. Just remember, drinking water only makes things worse. The only way to turn down the heat on hot peppers or other hot foods is to drink milk.
(with a twist)
Prep Time: 20 minutes You are going to need the following ingredients for this recipe (feeds 2-3 people): You’ll need a frying pan with spatula or wooden spoon, a knife, a large ziplock baggie, latex gloves if you cut hot peppers, and a salad spinner. Serve on plate or in deep salad bowl.
there will be a time in your life when you would give anything just to talk to your loved ones that are gone now. I remember when I was a boy, our friends would plan for weeks on what they were going to do on the 4th of July. We would buy goofy clothes that looked alike so we would match for the parade. They were usually so ugly you just wore them once and never again, but you did it for the one you loved. Aunts and uncles would come over you sometimes only saw once a year on the 4th. It wasn’t because they didn’t want to come over and visit. It was because at that time, work was tough to find, so a lot of good friends had to move away to get jobs. So, when they all got back home together it was a blast. Those parties still run through my mind. When I was a boy, we didn’t waste food or stuff ourselves like pigs. That’s why you always looked forward to the 4th because there was going to be a barbecue. Grandma would pick out a big fat hen, step on her head, and give it a pull – a painless death for the chicken, but it’s motor system would take over so us kids would chase the chicken flopping around the yard without it’s head. Wow! That was one of those things I always tried to figure out. Grandma’s fried chicken was the best. Virgil Mitchell would come and bring pork chops and chicken. He would make some makeshift grill and black the meat and it was so good I still remember the taste even now. He would tell some of the best stories you have ever heard. We kids would wrestle in the wet grass until we itched so bad we couldn’t stand it – and we smelled like dogs! This would go on until we were completely worn out then we would set around till dark in the aluminum chairs listening to everything they said. Uncle Evert raised watermelons on the sand in Carlisle. He would bring a pile of watermelons and mush melons. He did something us kids had never seen before. He would split those big, long green watermelons down the middle and just eat out the heart. Man that was living! Our parents would have to watch us kids or we would eat clear down to the rind. Those were the best times of our lives! Was it the food, or the games, or the stories that made it so great? It was friends doing things together. Its a time that can happen again this 4th of July. •
THE FOURTH OF JULY
By: Scott Stanton an they ever be the same as they were when we were kids? Sure. Just put your life on hold for one day, call everyone you love up, invite them over, shut off the TV, set down and talk, and for a change – listen to each other. Play some pitch and catch, horseshoes, bad mitten, or get out the color crayons for the little ones and watch them color. Hang up every picture, take a walk together, cook some hot dogs – they’re always good – and, anyway, just think, if you had eaten at a restaurant instead, two minutes after a $50 meal is in your stomach, you wish you had your money back and had just ate bologna instead. Talk about the past. Tell the stories that make your family laugh and sometimes cry. Something that’s hard for me to do is to shut up and listen. Do some of that stuff that might cause you to sweat or miss your favorite TV show. Trust me,
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