Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, January 08, 2000, Image 93

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    On Being a
Farm Wife
(and other
Joyce Bupp
Increasingly frequent
reports point to the fact that -
like so many things - using your
brain keeps it growing, replacing
worn-out cells, and functioning
Or, as some wise sage has
proclaimed, when you stop
learning, you’re dead.
New and interesting “stuff”
through most of our lives on a
regular basis in this Information
Age. Some of it is useful and
uplifting to the ongoing learning
process. On the other hand,
some of it’s frustrating and irri
For instance, thanks to a
chance encounter with an old
friend at a local post office, I
recently learned that sending
square greeting cards will cost
you more postage.
Say what, you say? Sending
square-shaped holiday greeting
cards became less of a square
deal for some folks who discov
ered recently that they owed 11
cents on every square-shaped
greeting card. Some of the cards
went back to the sender marked
“insufficient postage.” In other
cases, recipients received
“postage due” greetings. This,
despite the fact that their over
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all square inches were less or
equal to that of a normal, busi
ness-sized envelope, according to
one of our local postal employ
ees. And they were considerably
under the size of the large,
manila mailing envelopes which
we regularly send out from here
with a single first-class stamp.
A trio of us discussing this in
the post office’s lobby came to a
prompt and unanimous assess
ment of this policy. Stupid.
Makes one consider a postal
“tax” revolt, like throwing tea in
Boston Harbor.
Or, just e-mail your greetings
next year.
On the other hand, some
thing else I learned recently
makes perfectly reasonable com
mon sense.
I learned - firsthand - that
one cannot open the doors in the
back seat of a police car. And I
learned this during my first -
and hopefully, only! - ride in
We had taken the pickup to
the hunting camp and were
enroute west on Interstate 80
when The Farmer spotted what
looked like smoke rolling out of
the exhaust. Within minutes,
the heat gauge had zoomed to
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the danger level and steam
poured out from under the hood
when he lifted it. While he was
attempting to tape a tiny, hard
to-reach hose so we could limp to
the next exit, a state trooper
making a timely patrol of that
stretch of highway stopped to
see if we needed help.
What we really needed was
water to replace what had pres
sure-blasted the dripping wet
engine. Thus, with a couple of
small plastic buckets in tow
(which had held birdseed for the
feeders just hours before), I was
hauled a couple of miles to the
Bellefonte exit of 1-80 perched
on the backseat of a state police
car. When I tried to hop out, it
was then I realized there are no
door handles on the inside of the
back of a police car.
Makes sense to me, consider
ing that many folks who ride
there would rather be anywhere
The service state owner
cheerfully pointed me toward a
water faucet and within minutes
we were back at the truck, full
buckets in hand. Those couple
gallons of water allowed us to
drive to the exit, where the same
station - incredibly - just hap
pened to have the exact small
hose on hand which we needed.
In about an hour, the new hose
was in place, water level filled to
normal and antifreeze replen
We returned to the highway
with renewed appreciation for
the Pennsylvania State Police
and extreme gratitude that
there are still “service” stations
out there, not just places to fuel
And, finally, thanks to a cou
ple of our very knowledgeable
and helpful readers, we now
have the answer for our grand
son as to how the Pennsylvania
Turnpike came to be called that.
Seems that when early,
improved, toll roads were built
by private enterprise outfits,
they fitted the entrances with a
pipe, which was also called a
“pike.” The “pike” was kept
across the road until the toll was
paid, then it was turned aside,
allowing entrance to the road
way. Thus, to enter those early,
improved toll roads, one had to
pay to turn the pike.
File that one away for the
next time your kids or grandkids
a Co.) The American Dairy
Association/Dairy Council Middle
Atlantic is looking for dairy farm
families to submit recipes for a
new brochure. The brochure will
be used by dairy promoters at local
dairy promotions as a sampling of
local dairy favorites.
The recipes can be in any categ
ory and should include at least two
dairy ingredients. Entries will be
judged on the following attributes
- easy to make, broad appeal, ADA/DC is looking for recipes
easy-to-access ingredients, and from dairy farmers in Pennsylvani
nutritionally sound. a, Delaware. New Jersey, Mary-
The final selections to feature in land, Virginia and West Virginia,
the brochure will be judged by a For more information, call Kristen
panel of nutritionists from ADA/ Campbell at 1-800-220-6586.
Where's your mustache? “
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, January 8, 2000-B5
switch from demanding “Are we
soon there”? to quizzing you on
why the highway you’re travel
ing is called the “Turnpike.”
As we continue to be enlight
ened on a daily basis on such
varied and informative data, it
makes one feel like they should
really do something bigger and
better with all this knowledge.
Like maybe apply to be a contes
tant on that popular “want to be
a television quiz
Do they have category ques
tions on farming?
Recipes Wanted
New Brochure
DC. Winners will be awarded ‘got
milk?’ prizes and will have their
recipes featured in the new
To enter the contest, send your
recipes, along with your name,
address, and the number of cows
on your farm, to:
Kristen Campbell
American Dairy Association
325 Chestnut Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19106