Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Dear Cousin,


When I was a girl, we all had double names. I don't know whether it was an Appalachian custom, or merely peculiar to our area. We were always called by the whole thing too, and not just when Mom was mad. There was none of this Pam, Liz, Mia or Beth stuff. We had hearty, mouth-filling names such as Myrtle Belle and Arlene Kaye, Betty Marie and Mabel Irene, Nina Faye and Wanda Pearl, Jewel Beth and Artha Lee.

By the time my two younger sisters came along, they were nicknamed...

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We need to plan our defense strategies now! Flea season is upon us. Years ago when I worked for a veterinarian I'll never forget the lady who came into the clinic to buy two flea collars. After purchasing them, she sat down on the bench and wrapped them around her ankles. I was shocked until my family was unfortunate enough to get an infestation of fleas in our home. We were all bitten but my youngest brother must be awfully tasty because he was chewed unmercifully. My mother insisted he was...

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President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed April 30, 1863, a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer. His proclamation is just as appropriate for our world today as it was 140 years ago.

Lincoln's Proclamation on Prayer

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand...

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Dear Waynedale Friends,

Boy! ‑Have times changed! ‑Now, I'm not saying everything should be like they were in the old days (the 50's) but what has happened to sales people? ‑Back when I was a kid, the sales people treated kids with courtesy unless they were misbehaving, in which case, they got kicked out, and their parents were called.

The shoe store in Waynedale, there on Lower Huntington Road, must have been one of a kind! Or, perhaps, sales people were just better...

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4 pounds lean hamburger (ground round)

2 tbsp. Vegetable oil

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1 pkg. dry onion soup mix

2 cans water

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 pint sour cream

2 small cans mushrooms or 1 large can

(4 lbs. round steak may be substituted for the ground round/hamburger but the meat should be cut into serving size pieces and cooked for 1-1/2 to 2 hours to tenderize.)


Brown meat in vegetable oil and then drain. Mix soups and water...

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Dear Cousin,


In the midst of wars and rumors of wars, bloody conflicts and the horrid devastation, worry, grief and heartache of these present times, life goes on. There is a certain comfort in performing the routine, everyday tasks that lie at hand. As we cut seed potatoes for planting, in the same manner that our fathers and grandfathers did before us, I thought of how some things never change.

Living in a high-tech world, the common gardening tasks are done each spring in the same...

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