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]Page +~B ~s=Canyon Journal ~ +MJ.~+ |8, 1998 Of Cabbages and Kings Oregon Students Score High In International Science Comparison Pear Pleaser When we arrived in Ger- many for my husband's military tour of duty (many, many years ago!), one of the first places I went was the pastry shop. There I expected to find my favorite apple strudel in abundance. To my sur- prised frustration, I didn't find it at all, though much later I did find a few samples at some of the more elaborate pastry res- taurants. Why not, I won- dered? Isn't strudel German? Well, strictly speaking I sup- pose it's Austrian, that home of wonderful and elaborate desserts, and while it is cer- tainly not unknown in Ger- many, it is far, far too much work for the usual fare. To make a good strudel you need a large family of girls, lots of time and a big round table on which to pull out the dough. A medium sized clump of dough is supposed to stretch into a sheet of flawless pastry dough so thin you can see through it. I have made it with the help of girls, just to Pear Strudel 4 medium firm ripe pears (about 2 lbs) 1 tablespoon canola oil and 1 teaspoon butter 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 112 teaspoon ground cinna- mon 1/2 cup dark seedless raisins 6full sized filo sheets, thawed .,, see what the tradition was like, but I much prefer using filo sheets. The result is not as large and unwieldy, but then, my oven wasn't large enough to hold the finished horseshoe ring of strudel I made the first time, either. The following recipe is a quick and very fancy dessert to help you find a use for all those wonderful pears our grocery stores are still selling US. Peel, core and coarsely chop the pears. Heat the oil and butter in a medium sauce- pan and add the pears. Stir Several countries outscore Minnesota are the first states Oregon on international math to actually participate in the --vy"'--" -i, lm3OnC Baker tests but only Singapore TIMSS test. Oregon students scores higher than Oregon on took the test in 1997. Their science, scores will be released later The U.S. Department of this year. education has released a re- Of the 41 countries par- port linking national and in- ticipating in the 8th grade until well-coated with oil ternational 8th grade testinternational science test in and cook slowly for sev- results in math and science. 1995, only Singapore scored eral minutes or until ten- The report helps educatorssignificantly higher than Or- der but not mushy. Add and the public compare theegon would have scored. Or- the cinnamon, raisins andachievement of students inegon' predicted scores were cornstarch, stirring gently various states with the similar to those of Canada, to thoroughly mix, but doachievements of students in England, Germany, Japan, not break up the pears, other states. Korea, the Russian Federa- Cook until the pears are "We are very pleased with tion and the average U.S. thoroughlydone.Setaside the science results," said State score, and higher than Den- to cool. Superintendent Norma mark, FranceandHongKong. Place one sheet of filo Paulus. "But the math results Oregon did not fare as well on a pastry board (keep confirmwhatwealreadyknow on the international math the others covered so they --wehave a lot ofwork to do to test. Of the 41 countries that don't dry out), coat withget students up to our new, participated in the 8th grade melted butter and fold in half higher standards in math."international math test, sideways. Butter the top of The U.S. Department of France, Hong Kong, Japan, the folded sheet and place Education report links theKorea and Singapore scored one sixth of the pear mixture scores from 41 countries on higher than Oregon would over it. Roll it up gently and the 1995 Third International have scored. Oregon's pre- place on a cookie sheet. Pre- Mathematics and Science dicted scores were similar to pare the other five sheets the Study (TIMSS) with the Canada, Denmark, England, same way, using up the rest scores from 40 states on the Germany, the Russian Fed- of the pear mixture. Bake for 1996 NationalAssessment oferation and the average U.S. 25-30 minutes or until they EducationalProgress(NAEP).scoreandhigherthanCyprus, are just beginning to brown Through statistical analy-Portugal, Spain and seven on the edges. Finish with a sis, the report predicts how other countries. dusting of powdered sugarstates would have fared onPaulus said, "Eleven other just before serving either hot the international test hadstates fared better than Or- or cold. We consider thisthey participated in 1995,egon in the international recipe to be unusually deli- based on the scores they math comparison. But no cious, and the filo sheets give achievedon the 1996 national other state did better than it a flaky and elegant crust, test. Oregon, Missouri andOregon in Science." Case & Pattie Vanderwiele Atwood Rd. Work: 523-6648 HCR 88-Box 6 Home: 523-6075 Baker City, OR 97814 FAX: 523-2610 BBC 0220 C REI)L,# % SURPLUS MATERIAL SALE QUALITY SERVICE SAND (;RAVEL iNC.RETE 1-800-606-6648 to,you is concn " Perennials Michael and Cathy Cook Herbs .3 dntj, On . Vegetables YARD SALE We also have: Trees Shrubs Pond Plants & supplies trig I s I I.- -~- ~..," ~_~L_~2' MEDICAL N | CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE IS I0.' AM. EACH MONDAY ODOT HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE SURPLUS MATERIAL SALE The following sale lots are available for veiwing by appointment only at 1050 South Bridge St. Baker City, behind equipment yard on hill next to cemetery. For Information. questions, and making appoint- merits contact Brad Payton at 523-4566. LOT 1: a. Damaged galvanized guardrai113 ft. lengths - approx 150 ca. b. Scrap galvanized pile 12ft. x 10ff. LOT 2: Damaged galvanized siteposts 7 ft. length - approx 1,200 ea. LOT 3: a. Damaged steel guardrait - approx. 40 pieces. b. Abandoned truck fuel tanks - 2 ea. c. Scrap steel in containment bin - approx 12 ft. x 12 ft. d. 2 steel tanks: one 600 ga. rectangular; one 800 ga. round. LOT 4: Approx 80 wooden pallets. LOT 5: Approx 35 damaged guardrall posts (treated) and 60 block (landscape potential). LOT 6: a. Assorted concrete forms. b. 2 in. x 2 in. wooden decking slats. NOTE: LOT 6 IS LOCATED AT M.P. 44.5 HWY 86 BESIDE HALFWAY HILL SAND SHED. Lots purchased may not be sorted or separated by preference. Entire lot goes once sold. Viewing appointments can be made through 11:00 A.M., Friday, .May 22, 1998. Successful bidders must have materials removed from site within 30 calendar days after sale by their own means. ODOT cannot offer manpower or equipment to assist in moving, loading, or transporting of sold material. Sealed bids must be submitted by 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 27 by mall or in person to: ODOT District Office 3012 Island Ave. La Grande, OR 97850 c/o JIM BROWN AUCTION. Bill Wlze Estate, Mark your calendar for great auction fun. Phase 1 - Antiques, Col- lectibles, Household & lots more, Sunday May 31st. Phase 2 - Shop Tools, Hand Tools, Equipment & lots more, Saturday June 13th. Watchforfullads In coming weeks. Weir Auctions, Halfway, OR. 5/13 YARD SALE May 15, 16 & 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stansbemj Hills Es- tate at Sparta -- antiques and morel 5/13 The PEHS SENIOR PARENTS will be holding a yard sale May 15, Friday, 8 - 4 at the Lions Hall to raise funds for the Drug & Alco- hol-Free Party. Donations wanted. Call Audrene Simpson, 742-6254 or Delphi Ash, 785-3401. 5/13