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SENTI NEL TRIBUNE Vi ewpolnt Wednesday. July 16, BE TWEEN By Tom Merchant S(,n/im'l "]}'ibunc THE LINES Wonderful Weekend It was a great weekend for parade lovers. Friday afternoon there was a kiddie parade in Storden. Saturday afternoon there was a grand parade in Storden as a part of their Centennial. Sunday the Laura Ingalls parade was held in Walnut Grove. I am just about paraded out after four parades in two weeks I really do not care to see another one for a while. Of course I did manage to snatch a few pieces of candy thrown from some of the units. Hey it's almost like Halloween out there. Getting back to the weekend. With Storden celebrating their centennial and Walnut Grove holding the first pag- eant weekend things got a little hectic but I managed to get to quite a few of the events. I must say hats off to the organizers of all of the events in both communities, you did a wonderful job. Friday night I attended the Pageant to take pictures, I do not know for sure but I think I have seen at least one performance for the past twenty six years. I always get a chill when the music starts and the Ingalls roll into Walnut Grove for the first time. It really takes you back in time, and the out- door setting adds a dimension you cannot get in an auditorium. Although there is one thing we could do without -- Mosquitoes those pesky little critters can draw a pint of blood from you in no time. I suspect the grounds people will probably spray the area for next weeks production. Pond Scum For the past couple of weeks I have been rebuilding my water gar- den (pond) to make it a little nicer, I think I have related before how my luck has been taking care of fish and animals. I have never been able to keep fish for any length of time. After I got the pond running again I moved a couple of fish left in our small aquarium to the nice pond environment. Well they sur- vived for just about two days before they went belly up. So I decided no more live fish! Last week I bought some wooden and ceramic fish on a rummage sale. I put the ceramic fish in the pond and I am going to add lead to the bottom of the wooden fish, I am hoping they will last until the paint wears off. I also added a couple of duck decoys, I enjoy wildlife especially the kind you don't have to feed. I might actually get some pond plants, but they are living so maybe I will look for some artificial plants, hey from a distance they look OK. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Buffalo Lake residents rebuild their lives June 24, 2003 will remain in our heart and thoughts for many y(,ars t, come as residents of tuffa]o I,ake continue to rebuild their live,. On June 25th, Renville/Redwood Chapter American Red Cross contacted all previo.s trained Red Cross volun- teers. Our local volunteers willing- ly supported the Buffalo Lake Am('rican Red Cross relief opera- tions fin" twelve days. Now the ('hn pl m' continues to service fami- lies as needed at the Olivia office. The volunteers assisted in many areas such as damage assessment, first aid, registration of volun- teers, reception of families, office duties, and outreach to families to provide services. The Chapter wishes to acknowledge to your community the great work of our local volunteers. We appreciate those that have responded with financial support for the Buffalo Lake relief effort. For anyone wishing further information, con- tact the local Chapter, call 320- 523-1342. Sincerely, Barb Billmeier Chapter Manager AI Bart... "Stories from the BaH Cave" Pop And Peanuts It was a time when straw hats were no longer in their hay day and a time before I started taking meetings. My friends and I would check in at Tony's in New Richland, Minnesota at least one evening a week. Tony's was a. gas station/auto repair shop, manned by a couple of great guys-Tony and Bob-who were willing to put up with our pres- ence. We were teenagers who had finished our farm chores and were armed with some spare time and had no computers, golf clubs, CDs, DVDs or bug zappers to entertain us. We would pull into the gas station's parking area, all jacked up on moon pies and banana flips and sit in Tony's while we pretended to waste time. We had perfected that "we have suffered, but somehow pre- vailed" look. We feigned being too cool to care. We were couch potatoes in training. We were not really wasting time, of course. We would purchase a Coke each. The Cokes came in glass bottles from a cooler'that opened at the top. We had to buy something so that Tony and Bob wouldn't think we were loafers and would allow us to spend a little time in the friendly confines of Tony's. Tony and Bob didn think we were loafers. They knew we were loafers, but allowed us to stay anyway. Sometimes we would ask Tony and Bob ques- tions about the mechanics of cer- thin cars and then do an impersonation of someone who actually knew what Tony and Bob were talking about. Once we had obtained the pop, we'd stick a nickel in a small fish bowl-like vending machine and give its key-like apparatus a turn that would dispense a small amount of salted peanuts. Each of us boys would take a couple of swigs of our sweet soda and then dump our newly acquired goobers into the bottle. I liked a little over an inch of peanuts floating like flotsam and jetsam on the surface of my pop. It was a magic elixir with no purported . health benefits A thing like that didn't matter much in those days when eggs, bacon and sunshine were good for us. The combina- tion of the salt added to the sweet tasted great. It wasn't as odd as it sounds. It wasn't unlike people salting watermelon. My companions and I would sit around Tony's sipping and chew- ing. We reveled in the succulent flavor and delicate bouquet of the peanuts soaked in Coca-Cola. We would consume the beverage slowly as we stared at wall posters advertising batteries and gas additives while we listened to one of the old guys (anyone over 30) read the obituaries from the New Richland Star, the local weekly newspaper, to see who he had outlived. Sometimes it looked as though the reader .was hoping to find his name listed so that he would have a good excuse for taking a day off work. The pe.anuts made the fizzy and fuzzy. Some disgusting. We called of heaven right here on d We would munch the peanuts as quietly as people came in to gasoline purchases. full-service gas station. stopped at Tony's, gas. your windshield your oil checked, air put and a good look at having a Coke with peanuts in it The m a glass bottle to whole thing come toge appropriate fashion. gentleman (as none of were unless we were the sign on the men's would never think of peanuts into a glass of t Putting it in a can or a tie? Don't make me would never have done think that cans and are what put an end to tom of commingling peanuts and a Coke. hold those bottles that for holding and try to last few peanuts into There were always a peanuts that refused to comfort of the bottle bornly clung to the even came up with what thought was an name for our nutty We called it "salted pc; Coke." We were did we suck down these peanuts and Coca Colas bottles? Why? We plicate it with any It was just something Just because, that's AI Batt 2003 71622 325 St. Hartland. 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