August 21, 2014

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OSU Extension: Safe Canning
Written by Kristen Corry   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:51 AM

Current USDA recommendations for safely canning foods at home have been determined by following approved methods and tested recipes. One of the most commonly-canned foods is tomatoes. Today these versatile and high-yielding vegetables come in many varieties with varying acidic levels. Therefore, it is recommended that you acidify tomato products when canning in a water bath. Citric acid, lemon juice, or vinegar helps obtain required pH (acid levels). Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling with the product. Add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon citric acid. Four tablespoons of 5% vinegar per quart can also be used instead of lemon juice or citric acid but may cause undesirable flavor changes. You may choose to add sugar to offset any acidic taste, if desired.

The USDA recommends only using tested recipes to ensure your family’s safety. However, some safe variations can be made. You may:

Change the amount of salt, except for pickles. Salt is used as a flavoring agent, so it can be added or reduced as preferred. However, when pickling, salt acts as a preservative and adds crispness. 

 
Everyday Leadership 8/14/14
Written by R. Glenn Ray, Ph.D   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:33 PM

When the days grew long at the edge of summer, the boys of Malaga found time to play Kick the Can.  The game consumed hours on end with time outs for a Mountain Dew or the boys to return home for meals.  Kick the Can originated at 4-H club meetings or spontaneously in the church yard at the center of town extending into the early hours of darkness.  When the sun went down, the game became more exciting.

Usually six to a dozen boys were in the game.  One boy was selected to be “It” by any of a variety of means.  His job was to guard the can placed in an open area while capturing the other players.  Players were considered captured when the boy playing “It” touched them or called out their names and their hiding places while touching the can.  The game began with a designated player kicking the can as far as he could.    While the boy who was “It” retrieved the can and replaced it on the base, all the other players ran for safe hiding places on the perimeter of the open area.  Each boy’s objective was to run in and kick the can, which released all captured boys.  As you can imagine, the game could go on indefinitely.  Everyone knew the game was over when all the boys had been captured or a stalemate occurred and one boy called out “Olly Olly in Free.”

The skill required by all players was speed and creativity in their choices of hiding places.  The boy playing “It” had to search at the edge of the field yet be fast enough to intercept those trying to kick the can.  The rest of the boys had to be fast enough to beat the “It” to the can.  One strategy was for two boys to race for the can from different directions.  Another strategy was to lure the boy playing “It” farther and farther out to allow other boys to reach the can.  

 
Our Readers Write... Breast Feeding
Written by Donielle Flynn   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:30 PM

To the Editor:

Imagine that someone had invented a new wonder product to feed and immunize everyone on earth.  Imagine also that it was readily available everywhere, needed no storage or delivery and even reduced the risk of cancer and obesity.  Next, imagine that the world refused to use it – crazy huh?    The wonder product is human breast milk, available to all of us at birth, and sadly many babies are not getting it.   

 
Five Generations of Kastrevecs
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:26 PM

Front row; Edward Kastrevec, Mychael Louise Feasel, Dan Kastravec. Back row; John “Eddie” Kastrevec, Dalton (Kastrevec) Feasel.

 
Exploring Your Heritage 8/7/14
Written by Karen Romick, Monroe Chapter OGS   
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:35 PM

Last month we looked at some of the ways that you can find the maiden name of your female ancestors. We discussed the obvious sources of marriage records, church records, will and estates.

Census records can yield clues. Look at the neighbors living around your ancestors.  Our ancestors didn't travel far to find their "better half."    Beginning in 1850, the relationship between the people in the house  to the head of household is recorded. Sometimes the relationship is explicitly stated, such as in the 1870 census when Drusilla Belford is identified as the mother-in-law of Adam Henthorn.   In a puzzling situation on my family tree, Daniel and Mary Stewart are listed in the 1850 census with their children.  At the bottom of the household listing is Rachel Stewart aged 26. In 1860, Mary is gone and Rachel is the wife. A granddaughter of Rachel and Daniel said Mary and Rachel were sisters. Rachel came to help Mary with the children, and after Mary died, Rachel married Daniel. Rachel's maiden name is listed as Belford on the death records of two of her children. Why was she identified as a Stewart in the 1850 census? Was it just an error on the part of the enumerator? To add to the confusion, Mary Ackley is living with the family in later census. She is listed as a servant in 1860, "living with daughter" in 1870, and a domestic in 1880. If she was Rachel's mother, why was her name Ackley?' Why was she identified as a servant in two of the three census records rather than as Rachel's mother? If anyone can solve this mystery, let me know!

Death records are a wonderful source for maiden names. The bad news is few counties/states used informative death records until the 1900s. In Ohio detailed death records began being used in 1909 when the recording of births and deaths were moved from the Probate Office to the newly-formed Health Department and Bureau of Vital Statistics. 

 
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