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Page 13 Hells Canyon 28, 199G:- . ! ! THE COMMUNrrY COLUMN by Pat Garrigus For A Spring Tonic Something that doesn't come in pill or potion form, can be ingested without an injection, is neither costly, full of sugar or fattening and can be carried in a coat pocket for quick availability• And, if ac- companied orally, with some- thing that tastes like rich chocolate fudge, a"just right" avocado, a ground round steak smothered in fresh morels and onions, a garden ripe Guerney Girl tomato sprinkled with fresh basil and tarragon vinegar. A slice of sea pie? The heart of a Golden Acre cabbage, so juicy and snappy it requires a bib or immediate use of a face cloth, nibbled while reading the next in Patrick O'Brian's sea- faring series set in the times of Napoleon and Admiral Nelson• The tonic should be mood altering ... a bit of cabbage juice wouldn't dilute gut plea- sure and heart satisfying belly laughs as O'Brian's Dr. Stephen Maturin, ship's sur- geon, naturalist and secret agent, brings yet another rare creature aboard Captain Jack Aubrey's latest fighting com- mand. So far, at the end of the fourth in a series of 15 books, Stephen's sloth is the tail- anchored critter winner. The slothful movements of this endearing creature across the yardarms is offset by its im- mediate dislike and distrust of Captain Jack, who can't stand not being well regarded, a situation promptly rem- edied by his artful secret ply- ing of grog to the soon depen- d nt creature. In the fourth book, Steven is just laying down the last farthing for the purchase of a sofa cushion stuffed with ex- tinct dodo bird feathers when the cannon sounds calling all hands back to Jack's com- mand and a hearty battle with French frigates. Lest (O'Brian's language does entwine itself) you think this is a silly series, it has been called "The best histori- cal novels every written," by theNew York Times. And Iris Murdoch and John Bayley combined to say "Audrey and Maturin compose one of those complex and fascinating pairs of characters which have in- spired thrilling stories of all kinds since the Illiad." Published in the 1970's in England, the series was brought to the U.S. by W. W. Norton and Sons beginning in 1990. Son Forest brought the first book with him at Christ- mas time and has since sent the next three• Gus read them quickly; I finished the fourth last night and am facing a grumpy weekend without the tonic of another O'Brian at hand. But it's only Friday; maybe even at this moment UPS Buck is afurl through Ladd Canyon with the next three in the squadron. Per chance by the time we reach number 15, spring will be more than a flash of guns on the horizon. We can knock away the spars of winter, catch the weather-eye, lay on the flying jib, hoist the main topgallant, unfurl the spankers and pull into spring• (Captain Jack might not set his sails in exactly that or- der.) And about the sea pie. The Captain serves ample slices at his mess, whether his pri- vate larder is down to wee- vily ships biscuit or fresh out of port with a captured French chefs brioche. So far the in- gredients remain unnamed. I would like a slice, served in the forecastle. by Sarah Louvar Community Projects Coordinator I read an article recently in the newsletter publication of the Western Rural Development Center which stated, "In recent decades, rural-urban migration has begun to reverse itself. People are moving back to small communities in increasing numbers." Well, this got me to thinking... What does this mean to Halfway? Who is coming here? I thought a logical place for me to go with my questions would be the local real estate offices and so I did just that. Hells Canyon Realty, in response to my questions, com- piled data from 1992-1996 (February) which represented all transactions involving "out-of-town" buyers• Based on 30 transactions, the folIowing information was found: • 5 transactions involved people Who returned to the area after having been gone several years. • 16 transactions involved purchase of acreage (1 acre+) - 4 transactions purchased for recreational investment only • 14 (couples) buyers entered the local work-force • 19 school-age children have come to the area • Buyers places of origin were California, 6 Washington, 3 Idaho, 2 Texas, 1 Florida, 1 Alaska, 1 Portland area, 8 Baker City, 2 Bend, 2 Joseph/Enterprise, 2 John Day, 1 Other parts of Oregon, 1 • Age Group: couples 20-30, 2 30-40, 6 40-50, 10 50-60, 7 60-70, 5 Well, I just wanted to share with you all the answers I found to my questions... I hope you found it as interesting as I did!