Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Have you ever wondered where the word "silo" came from? It can be traced back to the Greek word "siros" meaning "a pit to keep corn in." It is also found in the Roman Iberian language by the word "zilo" meaning "dugout, cave or shelter for keeping grain."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
6 small apples
1 package caramels (14 oz.)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 popsicle sticks
1) Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Empty nuts onto the paper and divide into six equal heaps. Leave as much space as possible between each heap.
2) Wash and dry the apples. Twist off the stems and push popsicle sticks half way onto the apples where the stems used to be.
3) Melt the caramels in the microwave or a saucepan over low heat.
4) Dip apples in the melted caramel to coat. Use a knife to help cover the whole apple. Place each apple, stick side up, onto a heap of nuts and roll over to cover.
5) Refrigerate until the caramel is firm, about 1/2 hour.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Somehow a bat had found its way into the Fowlerville Library . . . no doubt looking for a spooky, hair-raising Halloween story. But what he found was a lot of chatter and anxiousness.
And all at his expense, as it turned out.
While he quietly hung from the ceiling figuring out what book to check out, a couple fireman, a policeman, and 2 village employees gathered around him. Everybody else seemed to be standing quite a ways back waiting to see what happened.
But lucky for all, the bat included, he wiggled his way into a brown paper bag held up so nicely by one of the fireman and he went for a trip out the door, down the sidewalk, out to the road, and was allowed to go on his merry way. All of this to the grateful applause of the patrons.
And, once again, peace and quiet reigned both inside and outside. But for just a little while, Halloween fun had visited the Library . . . even if it was a week too early.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The next 3 shots show the north side of the building that houses Olden Days at street level and storage for The Decorating Center on the second floor, formerly a part of a stage area for opera and shows. My question . . . do you see a shadow of wording on the side of the building? What do you suppose that once showed? I have made out what looks like "co-op" but not even sure about that. And then there looks to be some cursive-style writing.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Well . . .
Those care packages from home became a huge hit with him. Not only for him, though, but also those around him. He wouldn't open that box up and keep everything to himself. He shared.
But one day he mentioned to his mom there were others under his lead that never received anything from home. He had already told her how conditions in Afghanistan are different than anything he has ever experienced. Socks desintegrate and rot off their feet from slogging through wet countryside, showering or bathing opportunities are few and far between, warm bottled water is the only drink of choice, and meals are the same day after day after day. It was his way of asking for plain white socks, wipes, powder to flavor the water, and treats.
So, Janet began sending a few more boxes whenever possible. But at a cost of $11.40 postage/box and the amount of money it took to purchase items to go in the box, her resources limited her desire.
Until she made an offhanded comment to our good friend, Bruce BeVier. That is where the snowball was packed and started rolling downhill.
With a flurry of e-mails, phone calls, and a network of friendships and students wanting to help, in a few short weeks, money was collected, items purchased, and yesterday, in the basement of the United Methodist Church on South Second Street, 50 boxes were assembled, taped up, labeled, stacked, and made ready for delivery to the post office at 5:30 this morning. The numbers will never be accurate of all that showed up because workers came and went, but you can be assured there were at least 50 people helping out. One person for every box going to servicemen in Afghanistan. And, oh the goodies they are receiving. It may not seem like much to us but to them, these wipes will afford them a chance to wipe off some of the dirt and grime at the end of the day.And these snacks of candy bars, gum, salty snacks, licorice, powder to add to their water, hot chocolate mix, soup mix will enhance their meals. And packed deep inside each box, they will each find 4 pairs of white socks.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
6 Popsicle sticks
1/4 cup natural peanut butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped peanuts or walnuts, granola, crispy rice cereal, or sunflower seeds
How: Peel the bananas. Cut them in half, widthwise, and push a Popsicle stick through the cut end of each half. Spread peanut butter on the bananas, and then roll them in the nuts, cereal, or seeds. Wrap them in waxed paper and freeze for three hours.
Why: A single pop contains 16 percent of the recommended daily dietary-fiber intake for an adult. The potassium content of the bananas can help reduce bloating in mom, while the peanut butter and nuts or seeds provide fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
One fresh butternut squash or pumpkin
One medium-sized onion
One or two tart apples (Granny Smith, Braeburn, etc.)
Stock of your choice
Thai Curry Paste
These are your five main ingredients, but you’ll also need some salt, pepper, a little cinnamon, and some cream (or half & half) to finish with.
First off, cut the butternut squash (or pumpkin) in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds & “strings.” Put the squash (or pumpkin) halves cut side down on a sheet pan, and put in the oven for about forty-five minutes at three hundred seventy-five degrees. While the squash is roasting, peel and dice the onion and the apples in a small dice. To keep the apples from browning, you can put them in a bowl of water with a little bit of lemon juice until they’re needed.
Once the squash (or pumpkin) is finished roasting, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Scoop the squash out of the skin, and put it in a bowl temporarily. Heat some butter or oil in a heavy saucepan and sauté the onion until translucent but not brown. Once the onions are sautéed, add some curry paste, squash, and the apple, and mix thoroughly. Add the stock of your choice, and bring the whole mixture to a boil. Once the mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer it until the apples, squash, and onion are tender (about fifteen to twenty minutes).
Using a blender (immersion or regular), blend (or purée) the soup until it is a uniform consistency. Add some salt, pepper, a little cinnamon (little is the operative word here, as you don’t want this to be a sweet soup) and some cream (or half & half). The cream will add some body, and also lighten the soup’s colour. Taste and adjust seasonings, curry paste, etc.
Serve with some crunchy bread and you've got a wonderful lunch.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Born in Boston, Massachussetts, John Gilluly attended law school at the University of Michigan and established his law office in Brighton. Active in politics, he served in the Michigan Legislature from 1859-60. Following the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency and the bombardment of Fort Sumter by South Carolinians, Civil War erupted in the United.
John Gilluly, age 37, joined the Fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry and was selected Captain of Company I. This company was comprised of Livingston County men, primarily from Fowlerville, Howell, and Brighton.
The article goes on to report Lieutenant Colonel Gilluly was killed during a charge, leading his 330 soldiers into a successful counter-attack against the Confederate Army. This happened December 13, 1862. Gilluly's close friend and Quartermaster of the regiment, Captain H.B. Blackman, took it upon himself to bring Gilluly back to Michigan.
At the end of the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was organized by Dr. B.F. Stephenson of Springfield, Illinois, with a motto of "Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty" as their guide. Fowlerville Post 114, also known as the John Gilluly Post, was formed in 1883. The GAR helped to erect monuments for soldiers and sailors, homes were provided for children orphaned by the war, and families were given assistance.
The Fowlerville Post 114 ceased to exist when its last remaining member, Alfred Smith, passed away August 6, 1935.