August 27, 2014

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Brown's Beacon Beat 8/21/14
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:50 AM

I don’t have a lot of space this week, so I guess I’ll have to be brief....

The annual Monroe County Fair has started once again, and I was able to attend the parade on Monday night. There was a good crowd attending.

I have heard several complaints about the lack of a grand stand. I miss it too, but I’ll just say one thing: I saw it as it was being torn down. It was awful rotten, more so than I expected.

That being said, it definitely is not a good situation this year, and several vendors have cramped spaces in temporary tents. As anyone who knows me can attest (including a cousin who makes fun of me about it), I am paranoid about lightning. I wouldn’t feel very safe if a storm hit and I was in one of those tents. Hopefully this will be the only year this situation presents itself. 

Rinard Mills 8/21/14
Written by Norma Jean Antill   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:48 AM

Laughing, cheerful voices are heard from my front porch as people are canoeing on the Little Muskingum. The area’s business M and D Horses of Low Gap area also have horseback riding. From the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Country Wisdom: Straighway paddling, the one right way to paddle for the stern paddler, is to dig the paddle in deep and crisply with a moderate thrust from the shoulders and just enough twist in the stroke to keep the bow headed in the right direction. The bow paddler uses straightway strokes and makes no attempt to guide except in rapids.

August 3, the family of the late Snydor and Julie Winland Whitacre gathered at a grandson’s home, Foster Whitacre for the 40th reunion. A fun idea of their group is every year one family takes Ann and Andy, the twins, home with them and do pictures and stories thru the year, then return them. Someone else comes up with a fun scrapbook idea.

A Ginko tree grows in Ferguson Park in New Matamoras. On a recent t rip to Tamaraek in WV, there was a wooden bowl of ginko, cost $97.00. NJ didn’t bring it home.

Yes, yes! a sad, sad thing happened as Skyvue building was torn down. Just look back at your own life. NJ attended first grade at Rinard Mills 1922-1944; then it closed and we were bussed to Graysville 1922-1958. The high school closed and away to Skyvue 1968-2014 went our children. The building at Rinard Mills was later a home and now a church. The Graysville building is used as a community center. Skyvue has a new building. 

Around the Burnside 8/28/09
Written by Denny Easterling   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:47 AM

[Editor’s Note: Due to the fair and a death in the family, Becky Highman was unable to submit “Around the Table” Talk this week. Her column will return in two weeks as normal. As a treat to his long-time fans, we have placed a Denny Easterling column about the fair from five years ago.]

An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.

Some people make cutting remarks, but words of the wise bring healing.

The County Fair is over for another year. The Gospel sing started things off on Sunday evening. Personally I felt this was one of the best ever. It was moved from the grandstand to the tent behind the grandstand. I wondered at first if this was wise; however, hearing the choirs sing and watching how folks were enjoying and singing along, I changed my mind.

We really have a lot of good musical talent in Monroe County. I think only one or two, if that, were in favor of going back to the grandstand. It might be well if you plan to attend next year and if you arrive just as it starts, bring a chair.

As I understand it, the reason for the move to the tent was the lack of a handicap ramp into the grandstand. Good reason. Some of us are not able to run up and down steps as we used to do. A ramp would be very helpful. It seems as if the show animals are well taken care of. Maybe it’s time to build a handicap ramp at the grandstand. I’m surprised the EPA hasn’t done something about it before now.

After thought. How come we can only fill a large tent for a gospel sing but load a grandstand plus bleachers to watch fellows and gals smash together a bunch of old cars?

This year was the only Jr. Fair Parade I can remember that Betty Ward did not lead the parade. I was disappointed and probably there was a good reason.

As is the case sometimes the PA system was not working as it should have been to start the parade. I think this has been a problem several times. Maybe a good test ahead of time might help. Even at this I heard several folks complain they couldn't hear what was going on. I think perhaps folks visiting in the stands during the announcements may be part of the problem.

Along the Winding Roads 8/14/14
Written by Martha Ackerman   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:31 PM

Well my column last month was a very long one, but, needless to say, this one definitely won’t be. It surely has been a busy month, though. Fr. Dave asked me to help him out with our church bulletin and it has been interesting learning the Publishing program. I don’t find it as easy as Pagination, which we had at the office, but I am learning. Sometimes it just doesn’t do what I want it to do. Oh, well, it’s a learning experience.

I haven’t done as much baking in years as I have the last month. My cousin Thelma Baker and I worked the kitchen at bingo two Tuesdays and a Sunday at the Brown Community Center. That entails baking a couple desserts each time and trying to make things people will like. Thelma is an excellent baker so, you know, it is hard to bake something comparable to what she makes. But I am getting the hang of baking pies again. For many years, Susie and I didn’t have to make the pies for family dinners because Mom was our pie baker, and as anyone who patronized Katy’s Place when we owned it knows, Mom made great pies and apple dumplings. When the kids were little, I often made cherry pie (Fred’s favorite) or other desserts but now we usually don’t do dessert. Neither of us need the extra calories. Then there were two other occasions I made a cake and several batches of cookies. One was for Fred Jr.’s birthday dinner. He doesn’t care much for cake or pie, but he does like peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses so that was dessert for that evening and, of course, some for him to take home. One dessert I used to make for different occasions when the kids had sports or school banquets is  “sin cake” because it is full of calories, but it went extremely well at bingo that night. Two people asked forthe recipe. Think I will try it again sometime. I told Fred I didn’t care if I baked anything for the rest of the month. Okay, enough about baking.

I do want to apologize to Johnny Denbow because, if you read the article on the veterans’ bricks in last week’s Beacon, I had the wrong information in the cutline (that’s the information under the picture) on his great-great-grandfather. I had it right in the article but forgot to change the cutline after I had called him and clarified my notes. Guess I’ve been away from writing articles too long. Johnny’s family is so blessed to be able to claim eight Civil War veterans.

Switzer News 8/14/14
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:29 PM

The German Ridge Jamboree was held at St. John’s U.C.C. with five hundred people signing in at the gate.  It was a very nice day.  It is a wonderful way for families and friends to spend the day together.  There were at least two sets of families with four generations attending, Elmer and Elvira Datkuliak and Patsy Baker families.

Terry, Jennifer, Quinten, Rachael, Natalie and Sierra Paul from Florida were in visiting with Harold and Barbara Lehman of Powhatan Pt. and John Lehman and family in Marietta, along with other family and friends.  While vacationing they attended the Datkuliak Reunion and the Kaldor Reunion. Quinten was guest guitar player for a couple songs with the Stream Line Band at the German Ridge Jamboree.

The Datkuliak Reunion was held at Bark Camp State Park.  Attending were about sixty family members from Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. Youngest attending was Carma Datkuliak and oldest was Elmer Datkuliak.

The Kaldor Reunion was held at Bark Camp State Park. Attending were about forty family members from Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Tim Dietrich of Lawrenceburg, KY and his son, Collin Dietrich of Dyersburg, TN were in visiting with Paul and Sandy Dietrich, family and friends.  While they were in they helped Paul on the farm.