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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES ~;~i " ~i ~i ..... By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- Homer Simpson grilling tips . . . Last week while brows- ing through several news- papers I ran across an article in the Parade Magazine section about barbecuing. The article featured Chef Bobby Flay summer barbecue guru. He stated "grill every- thing in sightly In it he hgs recipes for Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Chilis, Grilled Peach Cobbler a la Mode, and Salt-and- vinegar Grilled Potato "Chips." It sounds like some- thing good if someone else is doing the grilling. really need to start the day before with a good marinade. That is one thing that can perk up the flavor no matter how you cook it. Back to Homer Simpson, in the article Homer gives his best grill- ing tips, with a word of caution "Don't Try these at Home." 1. To make grilled food taste terrific, add 72 ounc- es of beer to stomach, then cook. Also Homer finds that a half pound of meat really wakes up a veggie burger. 2. To keep the bugs from biting. I move every- I don't know about the thing indoors and barbe- m "Stortes from the Cave" grilled potato chips, I cue in the house. It alsoFalling off the roof and our math skills at the same the stairs to my upstairs bed- might draw the line on makes the kids nice and again time. room. What a relief that was. I that one. sleepy, we were playing a baseball Few houses were construct-was getting tired of having to I am not real advert- 3. I keep kabob skew- game called 500. ed for this type of activity. I clamber up and down the drain- turous when it comes to grilling. I guess I am a lot like Homer Simpson, meat, meat, and more meat. The most exotic thing I ever grill is pork tender- loin, yum, yum, it's really hard to mess that one up. Of course there is also the debate about what to use for grilling, gas or charcoal. For flavor char- coal .is hard to beat, but for convenience gas is the way to go. Of course, I forgot to mention elec- tric, again convenient, but not much on flavor. Of course if it's flavor looking for you ers handy for unwanted guests, like my neighbor Ned Flanders. 4. Grill up some veg- gies for the vegetar- ians it's easy to do. But remember no matter how you do it veggies taste bad. 5. What's the best thing to do with left- overs? Leftovers? I never heard of them. Have a good week! In this game, one batter hits the baseball and everyone else attempts to field it. If a fielder catches a ball on the fly, he is awarded 100 points. If he snags it on one hop, it's worth 50 points. A ground ball is 25 points, as long as it is still roll- ing when corralled. If a fielder errs, he receives cohresponding negative points. When a field- er accumulates 500 points, he becomes the batter. The game works best if you have plentiful players. The problem was that there were only two of us. We were a couple of skinny boys, one from the city and one from the farm. He was the son of a doc- tor. I was the son of a farmer. We were so thin that no one .... ever. suggested we should eat more salads. When I wore a red necktie to church, I looked like a thermometer. Fortunately, the two of us were problem-solvers. We came up with a workable solution. My friend had a Spalding Hi-Bounce Ball. It was pink in color. He called it a "Spaldeen." It had more bounciness than the typical rubber ball. We came up with a plan where one of us would toss the ball against the outside of the second floor of our farmhouse and then we would compete to see who could catch the ball. The one who controlled the Spaldeen would be the next to throw it against the siding. We figured a game to 5,000 would be appropriate. That way we could work on our baseball skills don't know what the builders were thinking. Our house was built to be not quite as nice as the barn because jealous dairy cows don't give as much milk as haughty ones. We were tied at 1175 each when it began to rain. We didn't mind the rain. We weren't going to rust. We kept playing and then it happened. The Spaldeen became stuck in the rain gut- ter. It's always something. That wasn't an insurmountable pre- dicament. It had happened before. I had climbed onto the roof many times to retrieve balls. pipe. I was thinking about that fall when I fell again. I did a tuck and roll when I hit the ground. I pre- tended that I had meant to fall. I jumped up and said, 'q'a-da!" My friend laughed. My father, who had just entered the yard, did not. My father had been a little crabby. He was worried about the price of soybeans and had taken to biting his fingernails. That is not a good practice for a farmer who works with animal exhaust. In order to cure him of the habit, my mother had hidden his false teeth. That left Dad a I had the home field advan- wee bit cantankerous. tage, so I didn't think of ask- He checked me over and find- ing my friend to get the hidden ing me to be unbroken, began to Spaldeen--even though it was lecture me. his ball and I could have pre- "How many times do you have sented a reasonable argument to fall off a roof before you learn that it was his duty to do so. I had experience. I had climbed on the roof before when it was raining. The wooden shingles became very slippery when wet, so it was good that a Spaldeen seeker had some familiarity with placing shoes on slick shingles. I had fallen off the roof a year earlier on a similar rainy day. I was seeking a ball lodged in an eaves trough that day. I had hit the sidewalk wrong. It's difficult to hit a sidewalk right. I broke a foot. I heard my father moving about inside the house and, not wanting to bother him with my problems, I'd tried to run, but I couldn't. A broken foot reduces mobility. I remember when Doc OIds told me that my foot had healed enough that I could climb to stay off it? We just got your broken foot paid for! I know why you didn't send your friend up there. He wouldn't have gone. That's because a doctor's kid knows better than that. You know why, don't you? Because a doctor keeps the best children for himself. Didn't you learn any- thing from last year's fall?" I replied, "1 must have learned something, Dad. I got three feet closer to the ball than I did last year." AI Batt 2010 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 ---- % m :i : ~. ---~ ":I:: : ,::n~ ~ m ...... . - IN: ' : : ' __ UI: : ..m Household think clean, think green MPCA provides tips for hazardous waste disposal and lawn care As spring turns into summer, many people are motivated to spruce up their lawn, home and clean out the clutter. Americans generate 1.6 million tons of waste each year from com- mon household products. These products can include paint, grease and rust removers, mold and mil- dew removers, oven cleaners and many more. Leftovers of these products, often referred to as house- hold hazardous waste (HHW), may contain corrosive, toxic, flammable or reactive ingredients. Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can include pour- ing them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them in the trash. Improper disposal of these materials can pollute the environ- ment. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) provides the fol- lowing tips: * Before you buy, always cheek the product labels -- Look for labeling that reads "DANGER," "WARNING," "CAUTION," "TOXIC" or "POISON." These warnings tell you if the product is harmful and how to use, store, and dispose of it safely. * Dispose of household prod- ucts safely -- Never pour corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive house- hold products down the sink, toilet or bathtub drain unless the products are made for that purpose. * Try alternative products when available -- Reach into the cupboard for common household materials such as baking soda and vinegar that can often do the job of a heavy- duty cleaner. * Keep leaves and other debris out of the street -- Leaves and grass can go in a backyard composter or compostable bag for transport to a local waste composting site. Just make sure to only bring the leaves and twigs, not the sand and grit. The sand and dirt mixed with the leaves belongs on your lawn, where it is good for the soil and vegetation. * Consider using phosphorus-free fertilizers if you fertilize your lawn -- Maintain a healthy lawn without contributing excess phosphorus to stormwater runoff. This helps to keep our lakes and wetlands free of excessive algae growth. * Be sure not to sweep debris into the street -- Oil-soaked dirt and grime can get washed into storm sewers and eventually end up in nearby streams, rivers or lakes. This material should go in the trash. Many communities in Minnesota offer a variety of options for safely managing your HHW. Check with your local solid waste authority and or county for collections in your area. You can also check out the MPCA Web site for locations of household hazardous waste collec- It tmns at Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Junette Merchant Joan Spielman Jessica Noding (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Office & Production Office & Production Marketing Specialist Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, and Murray $38.00 per year. 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