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mares: a flat tire on a lonely
stretch of highway, after dark; a
broken fan belt crossing a run
down urban area, after dark; a car
that simply refuses to start in an
airport parking lot an hour away
from home. After dark.
“Please car, don’t do this to
me,” I pleaded to my car, parked
in the Baltimore-Washington In
ternational airport’s parking lot. It
was after 10 p.m.; a drizzle had
started to fall as I’d hopped off the
parking lot bus on the last leg of a
trip home from a dairy meeting.
My life is heavily dependent on
two major pieces of “working
equipment” a car and a com
puter. And I am basically clueless
as to how to make the simplest re
pair on either.
But this was probably not the
battery, since there were lights and
ignition turnover, just no engine
startup. Nevertheless, a helpful
gentlemen pulled his car up to
mine and proceeded to hook up a
set of jumper cables. At least I had
a working flashlight As feared,
the old standby jumpstart... did
“It’s probably electronic,” I
sighed. Just two months before, a
similar incident had occurred. But
then the car was sitting in our gar
age and just a few miles from a
good friend’s family towing ser
vice. An electronic-system “map
sensor” had failed. Whatever that
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Accustomed to being able to re
pair or at least make'run
enough to get to the shop most
anything with a motor. The Farm
er has become increasingly frus
trated with the “progress” of elec
tronics in equipment. Sensors,
under-the-hood computers and
electronic monitors that scream
“Error! Error! Error!” when some
thing goes wrong don’t cut it for
our mechanic-magician with elec
trical tape and vise grips.
However, he doesn’t give up
easily and kdpt experimenting
with wires and fuses and miscel
laneous little electronic hookups.
My excitement grew when for the
umpteenth time I turned the key
and the “check engine” light
didn’t come on.
“I need a piece of wire,” he
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wished, glancing around the bare
parking lot Inspiration hit when I
remembered the spotlight was in
the trunk. Slicing off a section of
its wire, he bypassed the electron
' The car started right up and ran
perfectly on the way home. Ulti
mate diagnosis was a deceased
computer. Four days passed be
fore the dealer could look at it
and four more before a replace
ment was shipped.
Generally not one to long for
the “good ol’ days,” some days I’d
like to regress from progress in the
trend of the times.
After all, if we can bypass a
car’s new, improved, electronics
system with a section of spotlight
wire and it runs great, why do we
need that computer under the hood
to mess it up?
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York Society 26
Twelve members of Society of Dorwart, Ruth Hake and Shirley
Farm Women York County Group Miller. Louise Pennay is an asso
-26 celebrated their 29th anniver- member.
sary with a trip to Vanity Fair in The June meeting will be held
Reading. at Paddletown Church on June 13.
The group was organized in Group 20 will be entertained at
May 1966. Ruth Hake served as this time,
the first president Charter mem- The Spring Rally will be on
bers still in the group are Athena May 23 at Dickinson College in
Beshore, Mary Conley, Catherine Carlisle.
Berks Society 6
The April meeting of The Befks The May meeting was an
County Farm Women Group #6 Everybody’s Birthday Party held
met at the home of Naomi Mest at Pleasantville Diner. Poems
Olcy. The guest speaker was Pas- were read by Dorothy Wagner and
tor Bruce Palteiger of Christ Joyce Mast. Birthday gifts were
Lutheran Church of Dryville. He exchai M and door prizes were
showed slides and talked about the handed out.
trip he and members of his church
took to the Lutheran Navajo Mis
sion in Arizona.
Berks Executive Board
The Berks County Farm
Women Executive Board met
recently with 20 members in
attendance. President, Wendy
Lingle, opened the meedng.
Devotions were led by Lillian
Bucks of Group #3.
For roll call, members stated if
their gardens or flower beds were
ready for the season.
A note was received from Mar
tee Mentzer, chairman of the Farm
Women Spring Rally, which will
be held on Tuesday, May 23rd, at
Dickinson College. She stated that
Miss Pennsylvania, Kirsten Bor
der, will be a guest speaker.
Approximately 62 Berks County
women will attend the Rally.
Janet Schlegel gave an agri
business report. Agricultural night
at the Reading Phillies, co
sponsored by the Reading Phillies,
the Farm City Council and the
Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s
Association, is slated for June 19.
She also reported that new agri
culture brochures will be printed
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday. May 27, 1995-B3
The June meeting will be held
at the home of Karen Hoffman,
for distribution shortly.
Berks County Farm Women
groups are donating to the Berks
County Dairy Farmer’s Associa
tion to help pay for the Dairy Prin
All groups are asked to give a
donation to the state project—Ag
Awareness. A workshop for
teachers will be held at Penn State
July 23-28. Several Berks County
teachers are interested in attend
ing, and they, in turn, would go
back to the classroom and teach
their students about ag awareness.
Dorothy Lutz, County Conven
tion chairlady, reported that the
Cointy Convention will be held
on Saturday, October 7 at the Ag.
Center, Leesport. An auction will
be held as well as a Silent Auc
tion. Groups were assigned their
duties at the Convention.
New by-law books were distri
buted to each group.
The next meeting will be held
on July 10 in the conference room
of the Ag Center.