It’s happy birthday time in August for these folks: Mike Ford, Michelle Stoop, Sue McNee, Linda Shepard, Joshua Clark, Gina Ormandy, Kathrine Ford, Zachary Newkerk, Doug Bull, Adam Jones, Barb Doyle, Myretta Jones, Louise Kirk, Abby Losie, Brad Anderson, Wilbur Mallory, Charlotte Szczaech, Jim Gay, Kim Shepard, Ginny Bell, Kati Anderson, Marty Foster, Lyllian Wright, Bill Oliver, Carly Burczak, Tim Shampine, Linda Soule, Becky Miller, Myra White, Alexander Imperi, Gary Manning.

August was a good year to get married and we wish for these folks to have another happy year together: Mike and Sherrie Simmons, Bryan and Norie Fitch, Jim and Teresa Burczak, Ryan and Bev Kilmer, Roger and Dolores Dibble, Gary and Joyce Manning, Harry and Betty Bell, Harold and Lorraine Kelly, Roger and Joan Bolles, Tom and Jane Burgin, Junior and Jane Howard, Bill and Charle Cash, Greg and Amanda Boland, Marty and Mary Conklin.

Now is the time to shop at the  Farmers Market at the Delhi Courthouse Square where you can get your fresh vegetables. It won’t be long before summer is over and so will the fresh fruits and vegetables.

There will be a free rabies vaccination clinic Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. for dogs, cats and ferrets at the Delhi Firehouse, 149 Delview Terrace Ext.

Bingo at Delhi American Legion, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 

Aug. 17 - I love My Feet Day, National Thrift Shop Day, Black Cat Appreciation Day; Aug. 18 - National Mail Order Catalog Day; Aug. 19 - World Photo Day, National Soft Ice Cream Day; Aug. 20 - National Radio Day, World Honey Bee Day, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day; Aug. 21 - Senior Citizens Day; Aug. 22 - Be an Angel Day, Aug. 23 - Hug Your Sweetheart Day, National Ride the Wind Day; Aug. 24 - National Waffle Day, National Peach Pie Day.

Story from an old cookbook: Remember your grandmother’s cookie jar? When you reached inside you could always count on it being filled with hidden treasures, cookies studded with raisins or currants, crunchy with nuts or oats or fragrant with anise, cinnamon and other spices. A plate of those sweet and satisfying treats along with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot tea was as comforting as a cozy quilt on a chilly night. But nearly as nice as eating those cookies was watching Grandma make them. For holidays she’d use her trusty wooden rolling pin to roll out dough then create fancy shapes with old-fashioned floured cutters. At other times she’d bake a batch of bars or drop spoonfuls of sticky dough on a cake pan turned upside down. The aroma of Grandma’s freshly baked cookies caused everyone to swoon with delight. So reach in and help yourself to a handful of those homey old-time treats and enjoy the memories.

Grandma’s Recipe for Raisin Filled Cookies: 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup butter or margarine, softened; 3 eggs, 2 tblsp vanilla, 5 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 Tblsp buttermilk. Filling: 1 Tblsp cornstarch, 3 Tblsp flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 2 cups boiling water, 1 1/2 cups raisins. Mix sugars and butter, add eggs beating well after each addition, add vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Mix well. Chill. For filling combine cornstarch, flour and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add water stirring constantly. Add raisins, stir and cook until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened, about 3 minutes. Cool. Roll dough out and cut into 3” circles. Spoon 2 teaspoons filling on a circle and top with another circle. Pinch edges together and cut slit in top. Bake at 350 for 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield 3 1/2 dozen.

My Thoughts of the week: Is it nice getting older? At my age, not really, but on my Aug. 1 birthday I went to McDonalds for breakfast and when I walked in I was greeted with singing “Happy Birthday” to me by my friends. My day was filled with phone calls, friends visiting which I enjoyed and the flowers I received. Ending the day it was dinner out with sons and daughter Wayne, Cathy, Joe, Randy and Kim. Yes it was a wonderful birthday for this old lady. Thank you everyone.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: A farmer put up a new building. “What are you going to use it for?” a neighbor asked. “Well,” the farmer answered, “if I can rent it it’s a rustic cottage nestled beneath two tall pines. If I can’t, it’s a cow shed.”

Senior Moments:  After experiencing yet another computer glitch Barb called her son over to troubleshoot. “Mom,” he said “I keep telling you, you have to back up your hard drive.” “I would son,” Barb replied, “if you would just show me how to put the damned thing in reverse.”

A cute saying: Today, face your problems as they arise. Don’t anticipate trouble. The majority of worries revolve around problems that never occur.

Helpful Hints: Tomato leaves are critical for growing an abundant harvest of ripe tomatoes. They produce energy for plant growth, flowering and fruiting. Fewer leaves mean less energy to support fruit development. Removing the leaves also exposes the fruit to intense rays of the sun which can burn the plant and create an entryway for disease.

Worship services for the DeLancey, Hamden and West Delhi Presbyterian Churches during August will be held in West Delhi Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Connie Stone. 


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