Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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The little hobgoblins and miniature witches are gone for the year, still reveling in their booty and some nursing a stomach ache. Surely this must be the dentists' favorite holiday. I've always enjoyed handing out candy to the neighborhood youngsters and admiring their Halloween costumes.

One year several little fellows knocked on our door, and I began passing out their treats. One little boy, who was about three or four years old, saw the supper table with food still on it. He bypassed the...

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ATF Ralph

Six months ago Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan officiated at the funeral and internment of my friend Ralph Tourkow. Before the funeral begins, Rabbi Kornspan cuts the mourning ribbons worn by Ralph's closest relatives in a symbolic gesture of rending their garments, which reflects the tear in the fabric of their lives. The ribbon attached to a badge is worn on the left side over the heart to grieve a parent and on the right side to grieve a spouse, child or sibling.

The custom of rending garments can...

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Seventy five years ago this week, millions of ordinary Americans were convinced that the world was coming to an end. They came to this conclusion, not because Hitler was rattling his sabers in Europe and the entire world teetered on the verge of war. Rather, these fears were fueled by a broadcast aired from a small CBS radio studio in New York City.

Orson Welles took to the airways on October 30, 1938 as the usual host of the Mercury Theater, and using the science fiction book, War of the...

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Don't worry about the dead ones in the cemetery...it's the live ones that will bury you.

The Scariest
Who's the scariest of them all,
The goblins or the ghosts?
The monsters or the booger man,
Which one scares us the most?

No one's afraid of the friendly ghost,
He's holier than thou.
He never scared a single soul,
And doesn't want to now.

What about the booger man?
His reputation grows,
He scares us not but makes us laugh,
With his finger in his nose.

Monsters been in lots of movies,
We see them every...

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We are wrapping up the tag ends of summer, hurrying to finish warm weather tasks, getting ready for the colder weather ahead. Just as the woodland animals are storing their food for winter days, we are also filling the potato bin, stocking the cellar shelves with glass jars of canned vegetables and putting away food in the deep freezer.

Fall butchering is now done; the animal carcasses hang in the cooler waiting for the cutting and wrapping before being put away in the freezer. It is a...

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Franken Blankey quilts may be brought to Born Again Quilts for a complimentary autopsy now through Halloween. Franken Blankey image courtesy of graphic designer Robin Koller, Columbia City.

Happy Halloween! October 31 brings back fond memories of walking through rustling leaves while trick-or-treating with my siblings around the neighborhood whether on a cool crisp night or a foggy soggy one. Nearby Hillcrest School's PTA would host an annual Halloween party where kids whether students or not would attend, launch themselves down the haunted (fire escape) tunnel, bob for apples and munch on homemade popcorn balls, a treat no school today would ever dare allow to be served. Fifty...

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