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Bl24ancastar Farming, Saturday, November 15,1986
We’ve had hunters and more
hunters here on the farm - not that
there is that much to hunt. But we
do have an abundance of squirrels,
groundhogs and sparrows. It would
be helpful to lower the population
of these three species.
Even though it is illegal to hunt
in standing corn, our son saw four
hunters driving through our field.
No one even asks permission to
walk over our land to hunt.
The other morning shots rang
out just beyond our front yard.
When I looked outside, I saw
hunters looking at something
floating in the river. The next thing
I heard was the rattle of chains as
our Amish neighbor loosened his
boat and rowed out to retrieve the
wild goose that had just been shot.
It was a “sitting duck” so to
speak as it had been raised on a
nearby island and stayed around
here all winter with our geese.
When he told us what he had done,
I was glad that the trespassers
Toddler Topics Program Wins Award
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team of extension home
economists in the southeast region
received the Florence Hall Award
from the Pennsylvania Association
of Extension Home Economists for
producing ToMhr Topics programs
in three languages and at an easy
reading level in English.
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Claudia Mincemoyer, Bucks
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didn’t get the bird. When Allen
asked them not to hunt so very
near to our buildings, they said,
“We’re not shooting now.”
The other Tuesday I had a busy
day working at the election. Our
largest group of voters were from
a local retirement village. These
people came with canes, walkers
and on wheelchairs. It would be
wonderful if the rest of us had so
It is a place to see neighbors
whose paths seldom cross.
However, it does seem that the
main topic of conversation is the
health problems that people have.
Occasionally one learns of a
marriage or a birth. It is a job that
is not finished when the polls close
The next day Allen asked me to
go along to Churchtown to see a bin
wagon that he was considering
buying. It was a cold and rainy day
and there were no hunters roaming
in our meadows.
Dr. James E. Van Horn,
associate professor of rural
sociology at Penn State, also wrote
“We have a rich mixture of
nationalities and ethnic groups in
our area,” says Rodgers, project
coordinator. “By translating
Toddhr Topics, we’re letting our
clients know that we respect their
cultures and are committed to
serving their needs.”
Topics include nutrition, safety,
family activities, clothing, health,
stress and tension, teaching
children and selecting toys.
MEDIA - You can count on
books as gifts to provide a
refreshing change of pace from a
child’s usual Christmas toys. But
selecting a good book for a child
can be a difficult task.
Maryetta Dorricutt, Delaware
County Extension home
economist, suggests you look for
an attractive book. A young child
needs a book with many pictures
and few words. As the child grows
older, the book can have more
printing and less vivid, smaller
Choose an interesting and
convenient-sized book. Size in
tripup« a child so buy unusual and
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a young child and progress to hard
bound books when he’s old enough
to learn respect for them.
Relate the books’ content to the
child’s experiences and un
derstanding. A child enjoys books
about things he knows - friendly
animals and their young, everyday
living or children who speak and
act as he does. Tie a book subject
to a recent experience if possible.
Since young children like
repetition and sing-song rhythm,
books of peotry make appealing
Select books that present
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book should arouse curiosity and
create an appetite for more. But
don’t select books that are too
advanced. Short descriptions,
explanations and stories satisfy a
Gear the book to the child’s age.
Children’s books usually have a
statement such as “ages two to
five” or carry a code number to
indicate age level. Keep in mind
that this is merely a guide.
Children mature at different rates
and two children the same age
may require books of two different