GENERATION TO GENERATION TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION
Growing up always wanting to be with dad on the farm, looking up at him thinking wow he's strong, look at everything he does and still finds time to be a dad, a husband, and a brother. Time ticks on, as you get older you start to say: "I don’t want to raise livestock, I just want to grain farm or maybe I don't even want to farm at all”.
Then it's time for college, of course your parents want nothing but the best for you, at this time dad tells you that you need to spread your wings and find a job off the farm. You find a job that makes you happy, it pays your bills and you start to buy nice things, you feel great. Then you look back at the home farm and you see your family and younger sibling still working, as your enjoying your time off. At first this doesn’t bother you, but as years go on you start to have that empty feeling inside of you.
A time has comes when you realize it's time to go back to the family farm! Now this opens up a whole new can of challenges. The older generation is stuck in their ways and have a hard time adapting to change and the younger generation is eager to run fast, push hard, and have the best of the best.
Sooner or later it's going to come to blows when you have to sit down and work things out. Now with this being said, it gets even more complicated. What about that younger sibling that was there while you were gone? Where do they fit in? How do you make it all work? You now have to try to have 3 or 4 or even more people agreeing on the same thing or bring different ideas to the table. You slowly start to work through it finding each other's strong points and weaknesses.
Life is just starting to get good again for a few years. Then when you think everything is great, a family member or even your father's health starts failing from all the years of hard work and supporting the family. You try to not let it bother you, yet you can't help but let it weigh you down. How do we make this work? Who takes the weight, pretty soon that younger generation starts taking on more and more responsibilities, while at the same time giving up more personal time and personal wants in life to keep the farm going.
It all may look like roses from the person driving by, but that one machine running across the field may cost more than the house you live in and it only gets used a few months out of the year, so next time you look at an operation or wonder why a person doesn’t have much free time to be with friends or enjoy the personal life, maybe step back and look or ask yourself why they are doing what they are doing. I'll bet the answer will be it's in their blood and it needs to continue from generation to generation, no matter the cost or the strain on the younger generations mind or body.
Living With Lupus
One of the hardest things about Lupus is trying to explain or provide information to your family and friends about the disease. I decided to write this article to not only help spread the word about Lupus, but help you understand this mysterious disease and how it has affected our family.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Under normal function, the immune system makes proteins called antibodies in order to protect and fight against antigens such as viruses and bacteria. Lupus makes the immune system unable to differentiate between antigens and healthy tissue. This leads the immune system to turn on itself by attacking healthy tissue and major organs - not just the antigens.
My husband Dave had a heart attack on November 18, 2015. Several tests that were done during that time came back questionable. The doctors knew from his blood work that something was wrong, but could not quite figure out what was going on. It took several months, many visits to the emergency room, long hospital stays, and what seemed like a hundred tests before Dave was finally given the diagnosis of having Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
This is what I want you to know about Lupus. First of all, there is NO cure! It is an invisible disease that is often mistaken for other types of illnesses, making it very difficult to get a diagnosis. Lupus is constantly moving or traveling to various parts of the body causing all kinds of trouble along the way. Since you never know what part of the body it is going to be attack it is very difficult to come up with a treatment plan, because you never know where the disease will hit next. Lupus can causes inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints. It also causes damage to the skin, kidneys, liver, blood, brain, heart, and lungs. Exposure to the sun triggers an internal response causing blisters, red spots, or rashes to appear on the outer surface of the skin (on the face it forms the shape of a butterfly). It also causes the inside of your body to ache, swell, and become very sensitive to even the slightest touch.
The most difficult thing for me to cope with as a caretaker is dealing with Dave when the Lupus is attacking his brain and central nervous system. When this occurs Dave suffers from migraine headaches, dizziness, behavior changes, hallucinations, forgetfulness, memory loss, and at times difficulty expressing his thoughts. If the flare gets too bad it can even cause him to have a stroke or a seizure. There are times I get extremely frustrated with Dave, especially when I have to repeat simple directions or remind him of appointments over and over again. His mood swings would put any marriage to the test. For me, I constantly worry about his health and safety, but I also realize he needs to live his life doing what he loves the most…and that is farming.
I also want to remind you that people who have Lupus may not always look sick, but believe me on the inside they feel horrible. The chronic fatigue, swollen joints, fever, rashes, and achy muscles make them feel like they have a bad case of the flu every single day. Not to mention the side effects from all the medications they have to take in order to go about their daily business or to simply stay alive. Our family is learning to live with Lupus one day at a time. We have become very involved with the Lupus Foundation and trying to help find a cure. During the month of August our family will be doing a wide rage of fundraisers in order to help provide donations to the Lupus Foundation and to make the community more aware of this disease. I hope you will join us in this fight by taking part in some of the activities, events, and projects that we have planned. Thank you in advance and God bless you all.
NEW BUSINESSES IN BRANDON:
SN’T Fireworks, 702 Main St., Brandon, officially opened for business on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Local owners are Scott Anderson and Ty Albert. Iowa laws changed allowing firework sales in Iowa each year from June 1st to July 8th and again between December 10 and January 3rd.
Hours will be June 15th- July 8th, noon to 10 pm seven days a week. Stop by and see the great selection of fireworks at reasonable prices they have in stock. Shopping local helps our community.
Sweet Pick’ns opened at 702 Main St., Brandon. Susie Albert, owner, shares the story behind the new shop: The dream of my shop started with my love for antiques and auctions. What a perfect way to have the best of both worlds- the adrenaline from bidding and money from selling to support my habit.
My whole life I have been surrounded by antiques, my mom Ruth Sweet and her partner, Karol Smith had a shop attached to their upholstery business. As a teenager I worked on Saturday at the shop, learning to count change and looking up the prices in an antique book.
In October of 2016, the building that housed Steinbeck Trucking, came up for sale at Ivan Steinbeck’s estate auction. My husband, Ty said, “You know that would make a perfect shop. It is located right across from our house and you could run over anytime to work or meet with customers!” At the end of the bidding we were proud owners of the building. I have always loved that building with the corrugated metal and large glass doors.
I slowly built up my inventory by going to a few auctions, here and there. Then in mid-April I attended a flower auction and NEED I SAY MORE? Now came the pressure to come up with a suitable name. After brainstorming with my sister, we came up with SWEET PICK’NS, the perfect name.
The first week of May, the annual Brandon Garage sales were scheduled. I decided that would be a great time to open the doors of the shop for the first time. In addition to the antiques, I also had a large variety of FLOWERS. The response was awesome!!! I really appreciate all the community support. I am currently replenishing my stock. My ultimate goal/plan is to have a shop and organize a small “Junk Jaunt” every spring and fall with other local businesses in Buchanan and Benton Counties. I also plan to sell things on Facebook, and will open by appointment at times other than the normal business hours. All contact information is located on the door at SWEET PICK’NS, so please give me a call!
Are you looking for a fun, inexpensive night of family entertainment? Please, attend one of the upcoming Fireworks shows put on Grandmaster Scott Anderson and his team at Pyro Penguins.
Here is a list of upcoming shows most are free for admission with the exception of Boomtown.
July 4th- Independence
July 4th- Aurora
July 8th Troy Mills
July 15th Hudson
July 22nd Dunkerton
July 29th Walker
Aug 5th Alburnett
Boomtown will be held on Aug 25th and 26th in Vinton
(Note: Scott and his team may not be shooting at all of the above shows, but wanted to list the local area shows)
The Brandon softball and baseball teams recently had their league tournaments. The girl’s tournament was held in Brandon, June 13-17, 2017. Brandon girls did very well in the tournaments. The two Tee-Ball teams ended the tournament in the third round of games. The coach pitch team finished 2nd. The pitch teams finished 2nd. Congratulations on a job well done. Thank you to the coaches, Jill Louvar, Brandi Schultz, Jeremy Brown, Luke Jensen, Brad Kegler, Megan Cornwell, Travis Cornwell.
The boy’s tournament was held in Coggon on June 10th . Brandon Tee-Ball boys won the Championship for the league. Thank you to the coaches, Wyatt Miller, Michael Halligan, Matt and Ashley Osborn, Bo Peyton, Jenni Halligan, Carmon Bena, Blake Nielsen, and Jason Gallapsie.
BRANDON DAY’S- Aug 4, 5 ,6, 2017:
Parade theme this year is “Mardi Gras”. So get your thinking caps on and design your parade entry with this particular theme in mind. There are many directions you could go using this theme….be creative. To see complete schedule of events look for the insert in this edition of the Brandon Bee II.
NEW CONCESSION STAND FUNDRAISING PROJECT:
The BACC is well on our way to make another dream a reality in Brandon. The structure’s design and blueprints were drawn up by Mike Aldrich. Mike is an architect in Pennsylvania and son of Bill and Sandy Aldrich, Brandon. The City of Brandon has contracted, Rick Ratchford to dig the sewer lines. BACC is in the process of securing bids for the footings and rough plumbing. The construction of the structure itself will be local professional tradesmen who will be volunteering their labor.
The efforts to raise funds to construct a new concession stand at the park have been very successful. We recently were awarded a $7,500.00 grant from the Buchanan County Community Foundation which is part of Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. BACC was presented with the check at the award ceremony held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Heartland Acres in Independence.
Future fundraisers include Burrito Breakfast during Brandon Days .If you are interested in a giving a monetary donation toward this project please, send donations to BACC, Box 163, Brandon, Iowa 52210. Please, put concession stand on the memo line.
BREAKFAST BURRITOS FUNDRAISER:
BACC playground/park committee will be selling breakfast burritos on Saturday, August 5, 2017 before the parade from 8:00 am- 9:30 a.m. Their booth will be located at the corner of Wilson and Main Street.
Cost of burritos will be $3.00 each with all the proceeds going to the new concession stand fund.
Connie’s Quilters are working on the quilt that will be auctioned off at Brandon’s Days auction, on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Proceeds will be donated to a local organization to be announced the night of the auction. The ladies have delivered several lap quilts to area patients that are hospitalized or ill. They also donated several to the Children’s cancer unit at Mercy hospital in Cedar Rapids recently. They are grateful for the continued donations of fabric.
BRANDON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
The Brandon Historical Society will be holding an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Brandon City Park. The event will be held from 12:30 - 3 p.m. Menu includes, hotdogs, walking tacos and of course ice cream. Yard games and live music will be the entertainment for the afternoon. Please, plan to attend and help support their continued work on the Bank building.
Cowboy breakfast will be Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Brandon Area Community Center. We will serve from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes, ham, sausage, sausage gravy and homemade biscuits. Orange juice and coffee will be served. Cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for ages 5-12. 4 and under free. We are happy to report that the Brandon Cowboy Breakfast made the Des Moines registers top 12 festivals in Iowa that will make your mouth water.
BRANDON TRAILBLAZERS SADDLE CLUB:
The location of the Brandon Trailblazers Saddle Club has been moved to the Vinton Fairgrounds due to the land east of town being sold. Please, visit the Saddle Clubs Facebook Page for updates and new information that needs to be shared with members or those wanting to participate. Show dates for the rest of the year are July 9, August 6, September 3, September 17, and October 1, 2017. All shows begin with warm-ups at 9 a.m. with the first event starting at 10:00 a.m. sharp! Lady Bug Concessions and Catering are available to serve food and beverages during the shows. Spectators are welcome to come watch and cheer on their favorite horse and rider.
Special Bags Tournament will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7 pm at the park. The cost per participant is $10 with money going to the Concession Stand Fund.
We are planning to resume the tournaments/bingo monthly in October. Thanks in advance for participating.
The BACC would like to extend a huge thank you to Amanda Miller and Theresa Stacy for operating the concession stand throughout the ball season, as well as the parents, grandparents , and BACC members. Thank you for helping make this ball season a success. Especially to those of you who helped during the girl’s ball tournament. We truly have a great giving community.
The Bear Creek Church thanks everyone who attended the Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the cemetery. Special thanks to our local veterans who faithfully give of their time and talents to continue this longstanding tradition. Thanks also to Pastor Kurt Brubaker of the Prairie Creek Church for his participation and blessings. Appreciation is also in order to all the folks who stopped by the church for coffee, rolls, and fellowship. Approximately 100 people attended the event and donated generously to the fund to paint the exterior of the church.
Thank you to local residents that helped to organize, participated, and attended the annual Memorial Day services, May 29, 2017, at the Brandon Cemetery. Local military veterans and their families read the names of the approximately 150 veterans buried in the cemetery from all military conflicts and wars since the Civil War. The Jesup American Legion performed the flag ceremony
THANK YOUS CONTINUED:
I would like to thank everyone that sent good wishes to me for my recovery from hip surgery. I am not going to name names of everyone that brought food, sent cards, and well wishes because I am sure to miss someone. I will thank Deanna Abernathey, Bonnie Haes, Cindy Hedeman and Joyce Anderson for being my caretakers for 4 weeks. It is very humbling to depend so much on others.
Thank you all~~~ Denise Lehman
We would like to say thank you to everyone for their prayers, support and help before, during and after Craig’s hip surgery. He is doing well, in fact so well that he will be having the second hip done in July. Again THANK YOU~~~ Craig, Judy, Jordy, Ronnie Albert, Jackie and Shawn Aberle and Family.
Thank you to the following donors to the Brandon Bee II: Barb and Glen Larson, Jan VonLemden,
Bob and Marilyn Hertzberg, Mildred Mitchell, Henerietta Bellendier, Bob Lutz, and Janet Kearns.
BRANDON CHURCH OF CHRIST:
Pastor Lenny Powers
306 East Street
Summer Worship Hours July 1st- August 30th 9:30 am and Children’s
Summer Sunday School will be held at 9:30 a.m. No adult Sunday School during Summer hours.
Andrew Womack short Bible studies coming soon. We welcome everyone to join us for these sessions, please contact the church for further information.
BRANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
Brandon After School Hour (BASH) will resume in September at the Brandon Methodist Church. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to attend. BASH is held the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of January, (there is no BASH in January). The sessions start after school (4:15- 5:30). Each month there is a program, an activity and snacks. ALL children are welcome.
Dates: September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th, February 7th, March 7th and April 4th
KIDS LUNCH IN THE PARK:
Brandon United Methodist Church is once again offering free lunch in the park to Brandon area kids. The lunches will be provided by the Methodist Congregational Care Committee and served at the Brandon City Park shelter house. The dates are Monday, July 10 and 24, and August 7, 2016 from 11:30 to 12:30. Lunch will consist of hot dog, chips, applesauce, and homemade bake good, and water.
Adult supervision will be available during that hour only. This ministry has been well received in the past and will continue to be offered to the community.
PIE AND ICECREAM SOCIAL:
The Brandon United Methodist Women will sponsor their annual pie and ice cream booth at the Brandon City Park during the Brandon Celebration on Saturday, August 5th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or until sold out).
BRANDON METHODIST YOUTH:
The Brandon United Methodist Church is looking for more youth group members! Any student in middle school or high school is welcome to participate. Call or text Dawnye at 319-334-0163 or Rachel at 319-551-4794 for more information.
We will have a church float in the Brandon parade on August 5, so we are looking for helpers and ideas. It’s a lot of fun, so come and join us.
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page at Brandon United Methodist Church Youth Group.
UMW FALL SUPPER
The Annual Homemade Chicken and Noodle Supper will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4:30- 7:30 pm at the Brandon United Methodist Church. Menu includes Homemade Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Green Beans, Salad Bar, and Dessert. Country Store and Bazaar will also be held upstairs in the side room.
Contact information for the Brandon United Methodist Church:
507 Main Street
319-474-2362 Pastor’s cell phone number 319-930-0234
No children’s Sunday School during summer. (Adult classes 9:45 am) Fellowship time is 10:50- 11:15 am. Worship service begins at 11:15 am. Handicap accessible.
Pastor Lexie Kirkpatrick
Kirstie Martin, daughter of Deb and Curt Martin, Independence, graduated on May 21, 2017 from Independence High School. Kirstie’s activities included Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Band, FFA, Yearbook, Student Council, and she participated in many sports. Her future plans are to attend Iowa State University and major in marketing. Kirstie is the granddaughter of Helen Purdy, Brandon.
Morgan Miller, daughter of Wyatt and Amanda Miller and Brad and the late Jennifer Hunziker, graduated from Capri College, Waterloo, in June 2017. Morgan is looking forward to her career as a Cosmetologist.
Emma Jo Boots daughter of Jennifer and Darwin Boots and Tony and Lynn Cassady graduated from VSHS this year and plans on going to Kirkwood. She is the granddaughter of John and Kathy Boots, Brandon.
NURSING HOME NEWS:
Ronnie Albert is a resident at ABCM Rehab Center of Independence- West Campus. He is progressing well after his stroke and would welcome cards and other correspondences. Mail can be sent to Ronnie in care of ABCM Rehab Center of Independence- West Campus; 1610 3rd St. NE;
Independence, Iowa 50644. Take a minute to brighten someone’s day.
FIREMEN’S ANNUAL AUCTION:
The Brandon Fire Department will hold its annual auction on Sunday, October 1st at 1 p.m. at the Brandon Area Community Center. To donate items to the auction, please contact one of your local fire department members. Donation accepted until the time of the auction. BACC lunch stand will be on site to serve you food and beverages during sale.
LIME CREEK FISH AND GAME CLUB
Lime Creek Fish and Game Club held their summer picnic at Hare's Pond
and Recreation Area near Rowley. They had a picnic dinner and a short business meeting.
The afternoon was spent visiting and many of the members enjoyed fishing in the afternoon.
They are happy announce that our Conservation Scholarship was awarded this
year. The scholarship was awarded to Jacob Schwarting who will be studying
Natural Resources and Conservation.
In May several members of the Brandon Garden Club went to the Cedar River Garden Center in Palo. We brought many plants home to put in our gardens. We ate lunch at the Wild Thyme Café & Tea Room Restaurant. Our next stop was Zeller’s Garden Shop. We enjoyed looking at her various plants and Lawn and Garden Art.
The Garden Club met in June at Karol Smith’s home. We had some demonstrations on how to care for our plants. Several members brought plants to share with each other. We had 16 members present so we had a very good turnout.
Our next meeting will be July 31 at Karol’s home. We will have a potluck supper beginning at 5:00 p.m. and will be working on our float for Brandon Days. We would welcome any new members.
NATIONAL TUMBLING AND TRAMPOLINE
Karsyn Nichol, daughter of Jeremy and Karen Nichol, Brandon, recently competed in the USTA Tumbling and Trampoline competition in Madison, Wisconsin. Karysn placed 4th out of 39 girls in her age and level in tumbling.
Memphis Peyton, son of Hilary and Brian (Bo) Peyton, rural Rowley, also competed at the USTA Nationals in Madison Wisconsin. Memphis placed 5th in his age and level in tumbling.
Congratulations to both Karsyn and Memphis on their outstanding performances.
PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS
Peg Bearbower, rural Brandon area, recently participated in Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. KWWL TV had the following article on their website regarding the event:
Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day was June 20.
Some Iowans are in Washington D.C. this week, talking to congress.
They say pancreatic cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the U.S. and there needs to be more research on how to prevent and detect it.
Yesterday, around 700 people from across the United States headed to Washington D.C. for National Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy day.
They asked Congress for more money to go towards pancreatic cancer research.
They asked for more money to go to the National Institute of Health and to the National Cancer Institute.
Among the 700 people there, nine of them were from Iowa. There were five people from the Des Moines area, one from Vinton, one from Waterloo, and one from Cedar Falls.
This was an event sponsored by the non-profit, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, also known as PanCAN.
PanCAN asks others that didn't travel to the capitol to still speak up, to call their congressmen and women, and to ask for an increase in funding.
The United States is seeing an increase in the number of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Several Brandon area families have been impacted by the disease.
Virgil Wolf, 73 years old, on June 3, 2017, following surgery. Virgil was the manager at the Brandon Kwik Stop for several years. Local survivors include his brother, Jack (Denise) Wolf and several nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life honoring Virgil on September 30, 2017 at 1 pm at the Brandon Area Community Center. Following the ceremony a lunch will be served.
Sharon Rouse, 72, of Independence, died on Monday April 24, at ABCM Rehab Center of Independence – West Campus. She was born on February 20, 1945 , in Riceville, daughter of Wayne Luther and Norma Irene Moore Rouse. She graduated from high school in Jesup in 1963. Ms. Rouse was a nanny for several families and baker of decorated cakes and cookies. Sharon is survived by two brothers; Clarence (Jean) Rouse of Independence and Glen Rouse of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harry Rouse. Funeral services were held on May 7, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Independence.
Virginia B. (Brehm) Bistline, 90, of Brandon died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.
Funeral Services were held at 11 AM, Monday, April 24, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton with Pastor Mark Dieter officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
Virginia was born June 14, 1926 the daughter of Walter and Hazel (Gray) Brehm in rural Benton County. She graduated from Urbana High School and later worked at Independent Meat and Grocery in Vinton. Virginia was united in marriage to Don Bistline on March 21, 1954 in Vinton. The couple farmed in the Brandon area since 1959. Don preceded Virginia in death on May 23, 2015.
Virginia was a dedicated farm wife and enjoyed spending time tending to her garden and chickens.
She is survived by her children: Roger Bistline of Walker and Roxann Bistline of Brandon; her brother, Conrad (Della) Brehm of Vinton and her sister, Patty (Russell) Abernathy of Waverly, Mary Richart of Urbana and Marcella (Bob) Caslaska of Clutier.
In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by her three brothers, Bob, Richard and Jerry and one sister, Shirley.
Franklin W. King, 86, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Walker, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017. Service was held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Walker United Methodist Church in Walker. Burial: Walker Cemetery, Walker, Iowa.
Survivors include his wife, Iva Jean King of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Susan (Kevin) Skolos of Kaukauna, Wisconsin; sons, Thomas (Rose) King of Quasqueton, Iowa and Wayne King of Lamont, Iowa; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mrytle King; infant daughter, Mary Jane King; and his siblings Russell King, Evalyn Bickford and Elnora Hansen.
Franklin was born on September 6, 1930, in Brandon, Iowa, son of Thomas and Mrytle (Lawless) King. He attended Walker High School. Franklin served in the Army, during the Korean War. On July 24, 1954, Franklin and Iva Jean (Barnes) King were united in marriage, in Cedar Rapids. He worked as a machinist for Iowa Manufacturing and Cherry-Burrell Company. Franklin owned Kings Gulf Station in Center Point, Iowa and Quamaco Machine Shop in Quasqueton.
Imelda Margarette “Mel” Bohling, 88 years old, of Jesup, IA, died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Prairie Hills Assisted Living, Independence, IA, of natural causes. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA, with Fr. Lloyd Reuter as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Athanasius Catholic Cemetery, Jesup, IA.Mel was born June 25, 1928 the daughter of Edward Niemann and Kathryn Anna (Wilson) Niemann in Sumner, IA. She graduated from Jesup High School with the class of 1946. On June 5, 1951, she was united in marriage to Stanley Dale Bohling at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup, IA. Mel worked with her husband as an owner and operator of Stan’s APCO Service Station in Jesup. She was also a bookkeeper for Black’s Department Store in Waterloo, IA.Mel is survived by her 2 sons, David Bohling of Lexington, MO, and Donald (Marla) Bohling of Jesup, IA; 2 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Niichel of Portland, OR, and Dolores Conrad of Brandon, IA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley in 2016; 2 brothers, Raymond Niemann, Lawrence Niemann; and 1 sister in infancy, Daphine Niemann.
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BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS
PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES
DIVIDE ASPARAGUS INTO BUNDLES OF 3-4 SPEARS.
WRAP EACH BUNDLE IN A SLICE OF BACON. LAY BUNDLES
IN A BAKING DISH.
IN A SAUCEPAN, MELT 1 STICK OF BUTTER, ½ CUP BROWN SUGAR,
1 TBSP. SOY SAUCE, ½ TSP. GARLIC SALT, ¼ TSP BLACK PEPPER.
BRING MIXTURE TO A BOIL. POUR MIXTURE OVER BUNDLES AND BAKE UNTIL BACON LOOKS DONE. ( I TURN BUNDLES ½ THROUGH BAKING SO THE BACON CRISP ON BOTH SIDES)
CROCK POT PEACH APPLE SAUCE
3 POUNDS APPLES, SWEET (GALAS ARE GOOD CHOICE) PEELED, CORED AND SLICEd
2- 16 OUNCE BAGS PEACHES , FROZEN (THAWED)
¼ CUP APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE (THAWED)
1 TBSP LEMON JUICE
½ BROWN SUGAR
PLACE APPLE SLICES AND PEACHES IN YOUR 6 QUART CROCK POT. ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS AND MIX WELL. COVER AND COOK ON HIGH FOR 3-4 HOURS, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY. PUT YOUR APPLE/PEACH MIXTURE IN A BOWL OR BLENDER AND MASH OR BLEND DEPENDING ON THE CONSISTENCY YOU PERFER. SERVE your paragraph here.
BRANDON BEE II
Issue #107 July, Aug, Sept. 2017