Archive for October, 2008

  Food shopping is becoming difficult with rising prices but purchasing just a few extra items to donate can help another family with their meals.  Canned vegetables ,meats, cereals, rice, boxed mac and cheese, canned fruits, and buy one get one free sales help when you are shopping and those BOGO are great to donate.

 Collection boxes are located at Roy-Hart Elementary School and Absolut Care of Gasport Hursing Facility 4540 Lincoln Dr in Gasport. Donations of non-perishable food items accepted through Friday November 21st.

  The donations will benefit the Gasport and Middleport Area Food Pantries.


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          The Medina Area Christian Theater is searching for talent for this years Canal Country Christmas Capers. The Christmas Capers will be presented on December 6, 2008 at 7pm and December 7, 2008 at 3pm at Calvary Tabernacle Church.

  This Ecumenical group has had over 18 churches with representatives from Medina, Albion, Lyndonville and Middleport in various productions. All ages are welcome.

 There is an informational meeting on Monday evening November 3rd at the Medina Methodist Church at 7pm.  The MACT group is looking for individuals, duets, groups who would like to perform something special for this holiday show.  Please bring your ideas and friends to this meeting.

  For information call Elaine at 798-0296

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  Congratulations to all the local XC runners that braved the cold, rain and the muddy grounds for the All League Meet on Saturday Oct 25th. There is a great writeup in the Lockport Journal with scores and information on the All League Meet. It was written by Nate Beutel in the Lkpt Journal.


It was tough to get pixs under an umbrella, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. This shows the Boys Varsity lining up before the race.


For all the scores from your favorite schools, check out Section 6 runs. I also have the link to the site on my blog.

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 I’ve started writing little notes in my cookbooks again like I did when I first started cooking. “Made for T and P for dinner” , “made for Grandma and Grandpa for Xmas”. I also used to write,” no one liked it”. Lucky for me I only had a few of those recipes and never made them again. It’s usually because I made a horrible mistake in the recipe. I’ll add notes to my pumpkin soup recipe if I finally get someone to taste it and not make a scarey face.

 Recipe notes: It was a cool and windy day but warm and toasty inside. A perfect day to try my hand at some homemade pumpkin soup(again) since the first batch didn’t turn out creamy and sweet. More like a bitter and nasty pumpkin that has been out on the porch too long and got tough.

  I put on my David Osborne piano CD, watched the nasty weather start and got everything ready, again.. and the unthinkable happened. My can opener broke. It’s that can opener again. Anyone that knows me knows I love kitchen drama, Top Chef, Dinner Impossible and even Rachel Ray running short of her 40.$ tab will peak my interest. Let’s just say, I don’t  like it in MY kitchen.

 You see, many years ago I received a lovely, strong and sturdy can opener as a gift. I cleaned it and cared for it. It was always there, no matter how many cans I forced on it. Dependable and easy going, never needed a lot of attention.

 One summer day with a can of Progresso Lentil soup in my hand I went to look for it and it was gone. It disappeared, I will always wonder was it, stolen by an jealous cook at a pot luck? Not likely. Was it lost at a picnic, kitchen remodeling or just poor judgement in garbage detail at my house. I was so upset and replaced it with one after another, finding can openers that could never quite measure up.

 Since the end of summer I have been so tired of looking for a good can opener. One that could almost replace my favorite one. Did you ever run out of coffee only to find that instead of the foil pull tab tops you needed a real can opener and your can opener just couldn’t take the job? It’s an ugly day to go without coffee and be scouring the aisles looking for yet another kitchen tool that you can depend on.

  Today, I think I found one. It’s heavy, black without chrome handles and looks like some of the tools my Dad used to use to fix things around the house. I walked by it at first because I didn’t think it was girlish enough.

  All my kitchenware is red, orange or yellow. However, it said “heavy duty can opener”  from Farberware. It looked tough, I took it home to see how much it could take of my kitchen work.

  The first thing I did was open a can of Tim Hortons coffee, it was like magic. It’s my new favorite one. Now, if I can find something that helps my soup taste better then I will be all set.

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LOGOS DUE – The Logo contest for the Middleport Sesquicentennial to be held in 2009 ends on October 31. All logo designs are due at the Middleport Village Hall by then. If you would like to still enter you may pick up an application at the Village Hall, Main St. For further information contact Rebecca at the hall. Try your hand at a logo for this special occasion. 


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    3rd annual Roy Hart Alumni Basketball Game to be held the night before Thanksgiving (Wednesday 11/26/08. This is a great family event for everybody the night before the big dinner.

   It’s a fun way to watch some of your teachers and former classmates in action on the court. Game time is 7pm and cost is $5 family, $3 individual adult and $1 students. 

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  It was exciting to see the Winery at Marjim Manor in Appleton on the Ghosthunters show last night. Seems the crew heard some sounds , although I don’t want to mention everything(in case you tivo’d it) it was a great show. Marjim Manor is one of the places I like to start at when I do the monthly events on the wine trail. You’ll find the link on my site to the Niagara Wine Trail.

  Grant and Jason of Ghosthunter fame seemed to enjoy looking around the mansion and if you have never been there it’s beautiful inside. Owner Margo Bittner and her staff are welcoming and will share stories of the spirits that hang around the winery. The only thing I was disappointed about is that they showed a City of Buffalo sign while driving instead of a Niagara County sign. Oh well, it was a small thing compared to watching the lovely manor on the tv screen.

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