As promising as the blackberry season looked this year with the so called black-berry winter we'd had in the late spring, it turned out to be another poor turnout. It was so dang dry by the time the berries were to ripen, the puny green things simply shriveled and died along with the plant. For those few bushes that did hang on until a decent rain in late July, they gave well, but I was only able to gather enough to make a small batch of jelly and three gallons of wine.
What did do well this year was the sumac! They were everywhere, and thick! I got to wondering about them, so I did some research and found that they could be used for wines and jellies as well. Have you ever tasted a sumac berry? The next time they're in season, once they've turned red, rub some between your fingers, then lick the finger. It's like licking a lemon! Yes, I am very much aware that there is a poison sumac. But what most folks don't know about them is the fact that those berries remain white and never turn red. The Staghorn and Smooth sumac both bear red berries and are quite edible.
The challenge about these berries is that no one really seems to know how they are to be processed. I watched enough YouTube video to make me more confused than confident on how to handle them. Some said to cover the berry heads in boiling water for a few minutes and others would say to never pour hot water over them, but to soak them in lukewarm water between twenty minutes to several hours. A few instructed to mash and bruise the berries in water to get the most juice removed from their outer skins while another person advised to barley touch the berries at all. About the only similar instructions that I found was when to harvest. The berries apparently are at their prime when they turn a rich, deep red while still sticky and before they dried out. Along with this info a number of YouTube experts recommend not to harvest berries after a rain since that supposedly washes some of the tartness off the berries.
Well, there was plenty of sumac for me to experiment with, and I was eager to give it a try one way or the other, but every time I had a chance to go out to harvest it would rain! Not a heavy rain, but just enough to make me believe it had messed with the berries in some way. When it wasn't raining it seemed something else would pop up and prevent me from going out. When I did finally make it out, I found that I had missed the whole staghorn sumac season! All the berries were dried out and nearly tasteless. Needless to say I was pretty disheartened, but the smooth sumac was just starting to ripen so I had a second chance.
When I went out the following week the berries were just starting to turn red but wasn't quite ready yet. However, I was so afraid I'd miss out on that crop as well, that I went ahead and harvest a huge trash bag full of them even though I knew I was most likely picking them too soon. But they still had a kick to them when I licked the berries, so I figured they'd do.
At first I decided to try de-stemming all the berries from they're cluster head, but after three days of that and only getting a gallon and a half, I scrapped that notion. I used those berries to make a gallon of country wine by leaving the berries in the sugar water to ferment. Then I tried the warmish water, somewhat massaging method while leaving the berries on their cluster of stems and made some wine with the strained juice and water. I can't say I'm very confident it will turn out very well. It seems much too weak.
While trying one method after another, I told Doug how much I wished I could talk to some old-timer grandmother who'd homesteaded and had used sumac for preserves and wines. I fear most of that knowledge is dying out and if not written down or taught to us younger generation who wishes to learn it, it will forever be lost.
~ To Be Continued ~
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Randall Franks's Southern Style column is now in its 17th year, featured weekly in newspapers in 13 states in the
South and Midwest Care free days of youth
I opened the door and the thickly painted white screen door slammed behind me. I seldom noticed the sound it made as I bounded down the three steps from our front stoop. Once down on the sidewalk, I was hidden from the street behind the huge green box hedges fronted by azaleas that bloomed bright red in spring.
Once I was big enough to roam outside on my own, this is how most summer days began. Once I hit the sidewalk, I was making my way around to the utility room to pull out my green bike to open up the doors of freedom. Sometimes, my mom would be standing there by the white Kenmore washing machine loading in a load of clothes that she would later take out and hang upon the line in the backyard for drying.
As I stepped up on the pedals, rested myself on the banana seat, from behind me, I would hear "Be back by lunch, we are going to town for ‘looking and feeling' this afternoon."
"Yes, ma'am," I replied as I gained speed going down the driveway and turned to the left headed for adventure.
You might ask what is ‘looking and feeling?' That is what ladies from our area called shopping when they were aiming to get out and not buy but enjoy the air conditioning in the stores in the hot summer months.
We did a lot of that which could seem to be a terminal situation when you had something else on your mind to do as a kid.
But for the morning, I was off to create some adventure, so, my first stop would be banging on a couple of doors to raise some other kids to play. Before you could say Hank Aaron, there would be about five or six of us on our bikes riding down suicide hill.
Soon we would move on to the woods where we had built a series of forts fully stocked with pinecones.
We would pick sides and we were battling the other team to ensure the survival of our clan over the other. Sometimes we were Yankees and Confederates, sometimes Cowboys and Indians, sometimes Germans and Americans, British and Colonists, it really depended upon what movie we recently saw or what history lesson was near at hand.
Either way, and no matter who we were representing the battles took form until we ran out of ammunition and the other team overran our stronghold. We would then restock the forts for the next battle day then we would be off for maybe wading in the creek and then back home in time for lunch.
Usually a bologna sandwich with a slice of tomato from the garden, a wedge of cucumber, some barbeque Charlie's chips and a big glass of cherry Kool-Aid. Then I would go was off the and change from my play clothes and be ready to climb into the passenger side of our Chevy Malibu to head to the stores.
Often, I would be moved to the back seat, if we picked up another mom and kids. The children were sent to the back seat and we made our way to Woolworths, J.C. Penney, Sears or even Rich's. Of course, in those days there were no special youth seats, we didn't even use the seat belts. We sat still though or we would feel the long arm of the law from the ladies in the front seat.
We were expected to behave no matter how many hours the excursion was. Especially when we were in public – in the stores. If we ever forgot ourselves, which I did on a couple occasions and turned the women's and men's department into a playground and the underneath areas of the hanging clothes and good places with hide and seek with whichever other kids were on the outing. We soon felt the sting of our mistakes upon our posteriors, and it would come sooner than later if we disturbed other folks.
As I hear kids screaming at their parents and see them acting out in public today, I fondly remember the tough lessons my parents gave me. I remember those days of imagination, the hours of fun and I wish that children today could have those experiences, rather than a childhood attached to screens of various types and parents who look the other way when they act out.
Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as "Officer Randy Goode" on TV's "In the Heat of the Night" now on WGN America. His latest CD release, "Keep 'Em Smilin'," is by Crimson Records. He is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. His latest book is "A Badge or an Old Guitar: A Music City Murder Mystery." He is a syndicated columnist for http://randallfranks.com/ and can be reached at email@example.com.
Winona Senior Citizens News
Play BINGO at the Winona Senior Center Wed. March 28th at 12 noon. Fun & everyone wins a prize!
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Shannon County Health Department Calendar
Wednesday, Aug. 15: At Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church--WIC (by appt. only) & immunizations
Monday, Aug. 20: Immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings
Tuesday, Aug. 21: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations
Wednesday, Aug. 22: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations
Monday, Aug. 27: Diabetes nutrition class with Robin Harwell (call our office for time), immunizations, blood draws, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings
Tuesday, Aug. 28: WIC (by appt. only), immunizations; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center at 11:30 am
Wednesday, Aug. 29: WIC (by appointment only), immunizations
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New Eminence Public Library Hours: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Courthouse First Floor.
CW Nichols and Friends Entertain at Echo Bluff
Iconic river guide C.W. Nichols and "friends" entertained a crowd of more than 150 this past Saturday evening at the outdoor amphitheater at Echo Bluff State Park. Rick Mansfield, aka Nichols, had his vintage river boat and camp set up downstage as part of the props. Between different characters and stories, the crowd was entertained with music provided by John Francis (Rolla) and Ted Dement (Centerville). Rick and others were introduced by Park Interpreter Connie Weber.
Two different times visitors were invited to sing along with the lyrics contained in handouts distributed prior to the 8:30 PM start. First was the Roy Acuff classic Back in the Country, then towards the close of the show the gospel favorite I'll Fly Away. Between several of Rick's different skits, the guitarist and banjo picker played several more~including "The Buzzard Song."
Characters included Sherriff Deatherage re-telling the story of "May the Witch and the Magical Turtle" and the friend of John Brooks recounting "A Petition Remembered." Rick was joined by Webb Creek Park Activities Director Cynthia Dea in the skits of "The Cries of a River" as well as "The Last Elk." This free concert/storytelling was one more outreach effort of the Ozark Heritage Project, the non-profit that hosts river clean-ups and numerous historical presentations. Rick also had his books available for sale. Rick's books are available locally, including at Carr's Canoe Rental and Running River Canoe Rental. Rick may be reached on his Rick Mansfield Facebook page, or at (573) 663-2269 and firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pic: Cruising the highways along the old Pony Express route into Nebraska was a treat in a brand new Toyota 4Runner.
On the Road to Lincoln, Nebraska Along the Pony Express Route
The Pony Express was the most prominent source for delivering news and mail between the east and west until the implementation of the transcontinental telegraph in October of 1861. The approximately 1,900-mile delivery route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California could be completed in 10-days. It coursed through some of the most desolate land in America. Much of which remains so today.
I'm often asked how I come up with something to write about for this column each week. My answer always includes the explanation of the real challenge, which is only writing about one topic. When you consider the grand realm of outdoor sports, and the conservation of fish and wildlife species and their habitats, the options are endless. Each year, I attend numerous outdoor media conferences. These events include presentations about outdoor issues and meet-and-greets with representatives of product manufacturers and tourism destinations.
Back in June, I attended the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. One nice perk of this outdoor writing gig is the occasional opportunity to test out new products. Usually these are fishing lures, tents, shotguns and other items of similar scope. I was presented a special opportunity for this trip when Curt McAllister of Toyota Motor Sales asked if I'd be interested in test driving a 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited.
Now, I've never been a car guy. Never really cared about turning heads with a vehicle. My goals are pretty simple. I want it to start when I turn the key and get me where I need to go, which is often way off road. I also require cold air conditioning and a working radio. Anything above and beyond those simply necessities is just a luxurious perk. But now having driven the 4Runner for a few days, I'm conflicted. It's sort of like flying first class. Yeah, it's not necessary, but once you do it, you sure appreciate how incredible it is. If I were in the market for a new vehicle, I would have to seriously consider the Toyota 4Runner, and I'd spring for the Limited edition. The moonroof and onboard navigation system were awesome.
When I put Lincoln Nebraska into my GPS, it routed me along the same interstate I have driven too many times to count. So, I hit delete and pulled out my antique map to plan my own way through the middle of nowhere, which is where I always feel most at home. I quickly realized I could make part of the trip coincide with the Pony Express route, so I headed to St. Joseph and picked up the trail.
I crossed the Missouri River and entered Kansas headed towards Marysville. As I skirted along the north end of the famed Flint Hills, I couldn't help but harbor jealousy for the freedom experienced by the riders of the Pony Express as they made their way through this empty, yet astonishingly beautiful landscape. The irony is many of them would likely trade for the comfort I was traveling in, sitting on leather seats with cold air blowing on my face and Waylon Jennings keeping me company.
I crossed into Nebraska and headed towards Lincoln. I didn't know much about my destination outside of the fact it's the state capitol and home to the University of Nebraska. What I found was a bustling cultural hub with a vibrant downtown that has experienced a profound revitalization. This old cow town is now alive with shops, dining and nightlife. For me, it is the perfect sized city to visit for a few days. Lincoln is big enough to offer plenty of options, but easy enough to navigate that you can walk about anywhere. I love the old brick facade of the Haymarket District, which is the city's old Market Square area now featured as the center of the city's energy.
The POMA conference was held at The Graduate Hotel. This is a great property. The Graduate chain exists in many of the coolest college towns across America. I hope to explore more of their destinations. The prime rib I enjoyed at Misty's Steakhouse was everything you'd expect from cattle country. I'll have it again. And I found one of my new favorite bars. The Other Room is a speakeasy in an alley featuring craft cocktails mixed by a professional bartender. It only seats 25 or so patrons, is quite and eclectic and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Outstanding Bar Award. The address is a secret, so good finding this can't miss watering hole.
Lincoln instantly became a city I need to spend more time in. I am looking forward to going back and discovering more about the surrounding area's opportunities for hunting and fishing, only this time I'll likely have to roll north in my old pickup truck.
See you down the trail
Area Church News
Jack's Fork Country Church
SUNDAY SERVICE, led by Dave Anderson.
Promise: II Corinthians 12:9, Scripture: Romans 8:35-38. Pledge, prayer & hymns.
Dave blessed us with singing, "What a Day That Will Be!"
PRAISES: Mary Lou Wright is cancer free! Haley Danding and new baby!
The Wenzels and Fullertons were grateful for safe travels for their traveling families for their family events. Duke Staples' 1st Birthday Party Saturday at JFCC!
Birthday Celebrations: Joanne Pussehl and Brian Wallace! (Refused to divulge age!)
PRAYERS: Sue Keeling, Cody Shaw, Gene Rice, Mickie Rodman, family of young woman who died in a river accident, the families of those in the church bus accident (on the way to the Current River from KC area), Randy Dixon family, our military & families, our country & leaders, our teachers & students, travel mercies.
SERMON BY HOWELL BURKHEAD, "THE POWER OF HOPE IN THE LORD!"
Howell loves our old-time hymn singing with guitar & harmonica in our country church!
David prayed that the people of Israel would trust in the Lord as he did! He knew it was their only hope.
The famous author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote of two classes in the Bible: Believers in only themselves, who were orphans. And, believers in the Lord, who have a father! .
1. HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD!
Conceited people need our prayers. That Great Hope would humble them!
Theodore Roosevelt loved nature & felt that it pointed to God. Once, at a distinguished White House dinner, he tired of hearing the ongoing boasting of these world leaders. He led them outside on the lawn, talked & showed them the wonders of the earth, stars, & moon. He said, "I think we all are small enough. Now, let's go to bed!"
2. HOPE IN THE LORD CALMS THE MIND! Turn your troubles over to God!
3. HOPE IN THE LORD PACIFIES THE SPIRIT! When we trust in God, we find inner peace! Just as a baby is weaned from his mother's milk, God will wean His believers into stronger people. Listen to the music in your heart, and Hope in the Lord!
We ended with prayer & song.
"NO ONE EVER INJURED THEIR EYESIGHT BY LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!"
(Thanks to Misty Wallace for her church news help this summer!! Judy W.)
Birch Tree Assembly of God
Church Faith Tabernacle
Moment In The Word
Moment In The Word
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Following His explanation for the coming of the Son of Man, Jesus immediately taught the disciples about the need for perseverance and patience. The parable He used portrays a widow who persistently asked a wicked judge to avenge her of her adversaries. Although the magistrate neither feared God nor sympathized with mankind, yet he finally consented to her request due to the woman's constant harassment. (Luke 18:2-5) Christ concluded that if human justice works under convoluted circumstances, then God's justice is absolutely assured! However, Jesus' parable provided subtle clues associated with His previous statement about the End of Time.
First, we note the words, "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them." Luke 18:7 Although God hears our prayer, the answer will not come until He is ready! In the meantime, He "bears with our request" in the same way the unjust judge endured the widow's repeated plea. We see this at the opening of the Fifth Seal in Revelation 6:9-11 as the martyrs of the early Smyrna Period of Church history cry out, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" Although white robes were given to them, yet no action was taken, since the number of dead would not be completed until the final martyrdom of the Church at the end of the age. Consequently, the early martyrs were told to be patient.
Second, Jesus promised that God would act rapidly when the time was right and He was ready to move, "I tell you that he will avenge them speedily!" Luke 18:8 However, Christ's third statement strikes cold fear to our hearts!
Finally, our Lord concluded verse 8 with this question, "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" What a horrible thought that prior to Christ's return, true Christianity will be obliterated due to a combination of apostasy (2 Thes. 2:3) and martyrdom. Oh, there will be a secular entity remaining that claims to be the Church; however, this apostate body will only sport an effigy of God while denying His authority in everyday life. (2 Tim. 3:5) They will tolerantly endorse every abomination known to man, in exchange for the world's approval. At the same time, true believers will be dying for their profession of steadfast faith. For this reason, we hear the echo of the parable's original intent, "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint!" Luke 18:1
Using one stanza from an early Christian hymn, John admonished believers about the final martyrdom of Christ's Church, "Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. 'Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison. Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword.' This means that God's holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful." Revelation 13:9-10 NLT Thus for the patient martyr, if this is the fate they are born to, then this is the outcome that will occur. There is no way to change the predestined will of God.
Consequently, when Christ comes to harvest His True Church with death's sickle (Revelation 14:14)... "here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus, And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Happy are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." (Revelation 14:12-13)
Do not throw away your confidence, which holds great promise of reward, since you will be compensated for patiently obeying what God commands! Regardless of hardship, we must continue in faith because God will never forgive the apostates who turn back. (Hebrews 10:35-36, 38)
Area Church News
Contrary to public belief, what actually, protects a nation is not military strength but the righteousness of its people and government. When the Lord is honored in a nation, He is exalted, and the people are protected. Therefore, we should look at our nation today and ask ourselves whether we as a country are honoring God. Our future depends on the answer. Freedom does not come cheaply, and it's always under attack by our enemy, the devil. His ungodly and unbiblical influence fight against our beliefs, but the Lord gives us courage to resist.
Happy Birthday to Kendall Copeland and Mackenzie Callahan.
Today's breakfast was brought to us by Judy Titus and in the nursery we had Linda Mahan and Renee Rowden. Next Sunday breakfast will be brought by Jimmie Huffman and in the nursery will be Max and Jayne Rader.
Tomorrow the ladies in the church will serve breakfast to all teachers and staff at the cafeteria as they prepare for a new school year. If you want to help be at the high school cafeteria at 7:30 am. Wednesday, Aug. 15th Team Kids will be in the basement for kids preschool to 6th from 6 to 7:50 pm. We also need volunteers to help with feeding the kids on Wednesday night. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board for special music.
August 26th there will be a bridal shower for Abby Dyer and Alan Brewer after morning worship service. Abby is registered at Wal Mart and Bed, Bath and Beyond. It isn't possible for Abby to be old enough to get married. It seems like it was just yesterday that Abby and Lane were in my daughter's wedding as ring bearer and flower girl. I hope for the best for her and Alan. I am quite sure Alan has received a good portion of the charm that Art and Austin exhibit. Those two can charm the leaves off of the trees.
On our prayer list this week we have Kaye Spurgin (cancer), Jonabeth Crider (cancer), Dick and Charlotte Kay (cancer), Randy Dixon family, Dennis Walker, Sue Keeling (cancer), Angie Bolin, Hal Andrews, Kenny Porter, Royce and Rhonda Bishop, Judy Titus, Brenda Gadberry, fire fighters out west, Kim Medlock, Marcie Cato, and our students and teachers both public and home schoolers. One praise item, Scott Bressler and Briar Dodson have made it home safely after assisting in fighting the fire.
Our August Bible verse is "Cast you burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken" Psalm 55:22
Our attendance was down today, I think folks are having one more vacation week before settling down for a new school year. Come worship with us on Sunday at 9:45 for Sunday school and worship service at 10:45. We also have Bible study on Wednesday night from 6:30 to 7:30. Tonight (Sunday) we are having a prayer walk for teachers and staff at the grade school and high school. I am thankful we have a community that allows us to participate in this kind of activity.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Pastor David and Paula's little toddler granddaughter did the candlelighting this morning, assisted by Crystal Chilton. Pastor David as promised brought the "Ancient Success Formula Revealed!" which was in our Key Verse, Joshua 1:8: "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Avoid the advice of the wicked and delight in the law of God. Practice it. Think, meditate, ponder~or ruminate~on God's words. Follow his ways and be as "trees planted on the riverbank," whose leaves never wither and all our life we can be fruitful and prosperous. It is never too late to turn to the Lord, become righteous and go in a different direction. Three P's were suggested: prayer, prepare and persevere. John Wesley, founder of Methodism, had three principles: do no harm, do good, and stay close to God. Be as a sheep of Jesus: know his voice and follow him. Scripture Readers were Ashlin Brewer, who read John 10:1-10, and Rhonda Hunt, who read Psalm 1:1-6.
We sang Happy Birthday to Dick Hunt, who also told us the August 18th Edibeth Chilton Ross Pig In a Poke has been postponed to September, when it will be part of our annual Fish Fry. It was so good to have Sharon Newman back with us. Pastor David shared the good news of son Jedidiah's move from West Virginia to North Carolina.
Come worship with us each Sunday in Eminence just west of Hwy 19 & 106 at 11:00 a.m. in the pretty little church with the blue cross on top, as we pray, prepare and persevere.
Eminence Assembly of God
Mt. View Baptist
Faith Tabernacle Bibleway Assembly
Update church number For a ride from Eminence and Winona call 573-604-0800
Area Church News
Brad and Chris were our friendly greeters as we entered to worship on another beautiful Ozarks Sunday. Bob Heller led our worship with the theme of rejoicing. Because of all that Jesus has done, we have reason for joy. Rejoice in the Lord Always; Again I Say Rejoice; When we All Get to Heaven reinforced our focus on joy. Bob led our communion devotion with thoughts about going back to school. Some are happy that school starts and some not so much. But learning and remembering are valuable. And the Lord's Supper helps to remind us of the Lord's great sacrificial love and that salvation is made possible through Jesus.
Prayer needs include Brenda Gadbury, Meadow Brown and other college students, Sherry Keeling, Hazel Fox, Mason Bland, Jade-recovery from kidney transplant, Debbie Wethy, Becky Cooper, school starting, many travellers. Also we pray for Daniel Haumesser who will soon be going to Nicaraugua to work with the Miskito Indian people for a year.
Bro. Allen's message was God's Kind Invitation from Luke 14:15-24. This was a parable about a great banquet. The Lord of the banquet issued a generous invitation to everyone, just as our Lord of all extends and invitation to eternal life through Jesus Christ. Some accept the invitation and some do not. Some think they have other important things that keep them from accepting the invitation. But there is actually nothing more important from an eternal point of view.
We look forward to the Pool Party and Luau being planned for youth from all of our churches in town on August 29 beginning at 6:00 at WECC pool.
Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence
Women of Faith
Winona Assembly of God
Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship
Winona Christian Church
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