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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal November 4, 2009 ... s Pumpkin? Or Is It Squash? Just as a pumpkin dresses r up as a jack-o-lantern atSquash andApple Muffins Halloween, so does squash2 1/2 Cups tlour often masquerade as pump- kin. I've been told by a couple sources that the canned pumpkin purchased for pie filling is sometimes actually 1 1/2 Cups white sugar 1 T pumpkin pie spice (or allspice) 1 tap baking soda a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, squash. If true, this comes as no surprise, as they are both of the same genus, cucurbita (as are cantaloupe and cucumber, which I wouldn't want in my pump- kin pie). In fact, some types of squash, such as the long keeping winter squashes, are better suited for pies than pumpkins are due to their greater sweetness. In my opinion, sweet meat squash has a richer flavor than pumpkin. It has more meat inside and fewer seeds than pumpkin. Also, butter- nut squash has one and a half times more beta-caro- tene in it than pumpkin, so either of these are a good choice for growing and us- ing in fall and winter cook- ing. In most cases, squash and pumpkin can be substituted for each other in dishes with- out changes to the recipe. This provides a wealth of options for whichever is available. One can make a dip simi- 1/2 tap salt 2 eggs lightly beaten 1 Cup pureed squash (or pumpkin) 1/2 Cup vegetable oil 1/2 Cup coarse chopped nuts 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 18 muf- fin cups or use paper liners. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, squash and oil. Add the squash mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened. Fold in nuts and apples. Spoon the thick batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick in- serted into a muffin comes out clean. lar to hummus, use in des- nally a pumpkin muffin with serts, cookies and breads, astreuseltopping. However, roast or whip as an accom- winter squash works won- paniment to a meal, make derfully in this recipe and is soups and stews, or make sweet enough that no frost- risotto dishes with both ing or topping is required. I pumpkin and winter squash, reduced the sugar and added There are endless ways to nuts. The batter is fairly use either beyond pumpkin thick when spooned into the pie. muffin tins, but there is no The following recipe is an need to spread it out evenly adaptation of one I found on as it will adjust with cook- the Internet. It was origi- ing. t ! O/A by Pat Garrigus Until Chocolate Cherry Time Suppose it's because I fol- conversation had mentionedFriday e-mail to family to- lowed Wimpy in the comics that when they'd gone gro-day, mentioned the missing as a kid that cheeseburgers cery shopping he'd sneaked a chocolate with a thank you are almost at the top of my giant Hershey in the basket, for the omission. "Favorite Foods" list? I know He also said he was sending Back from John immedi- that in my teenage prime my me a "Care" package from ately came a one liner to me girlfriends and I thought Bend with some guaranteed and Brudder: "About that nothing of eating three fresh macadamia nuts, and Hershey bar, saw it in the cheeseburgers, or two with a books and it should be here grocery cart, but naryacrumb chocolate shake ... and we maybe last Monday. or nibble." were all skinny then. When I called Sandy at theBack from Forest in Aus- It's Friday as I write, the Oxbow P.O. on Wednesday, tin, Texas: "I see that I will day before Halloween and so she said, "Oh, yes, it came have to distribute chocolate far I haven't laid in a supply Monday." more equitably in the future." of Snickers for the ghosts and Inspired to go to the postFrom Pat: "Not to worry, I goblins that don't find their office, my chocoholicked fear that none of us inherited way to my house. When I imagination convinced me or share the 'sharing choco- talked to Dink last week, she Forest had bought two giant late' gent." said she'd counted and she Hershey'sandhadtuckedone Especially Cadbury's in had five Snickers left in her into the box I was on my way Christmas stockings. package, to claim. I managed to wait My niece, Carla, after I Dink hasn't had trick or until I got home to tear the moaned a little about choco- treaters in the last years, el- box open: books and books late deprivation recently, ther. The evil thought has and books, three wonderfulsnapped, "I wish you'd eat a crossed my mind to ask her packages of very fresh mac- big candy bar and stop talk- how many are left today, but adamia nuts, a food guide to ing about it!" that Holier than Thou call is all the "best" restaurants in She really loves me and if a little snaky, the islands (lovely pictures she's fed up with my snivel- And I'm not past Old Pine butno recipes), butnot asniff ing, I blush to think how much Market yet today, of chocolate, you must be. Forest was in Bend last Iwasmostlyhappytohave So. Promise: all done at week, staying a few days with been saved from myself yetleast until the chocolate cher- brother John and in a phone again, but when I sent my ries come in at the market. Governor Proclaims November 1-7 as SWCD Week Celebrating on's Soil and Water Conservation Districts Representative Bentz Opens District 60 Legislative Office in Ontario Oregon State Represen- tative CliffBentz has opened Bentz has hired Andrea alegislative office in Ontario Conklin, a recent graduate for District 60, which in- of Eastern Oregon Univer- cludes Baker, Harney, sity as his legislative assis- Malheur and parts of Grant tant to staff the office on a counties. Located at 258 fulltime basis. Conklin will South Oregon Street, office welcome visitors, answer the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to phone, mail and email, noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., schedule appointments and Mountain Time. research legislative issues. Appointments can be Representative Bentz made by calling 541-889- said, "Having a full-time leg- 8855 or by emailing to islative office here will help For nearly 70 years, Oregon's soil and water con- servation districts have helped protect the state's natural resources through remind all of us that we are varied but effective projects part of this great state. It and programs that continue will also provide people with to stand the test of time. a better opportunity to share Those districts are now get- their thinking on issues of ting high-level recognition as statewide and local con- Oregon Governor Ted cern." Kulongoski has designated He also said that the rent November 1 through 7 as Soil for the office is being paid and Water Conservation Dis- . from contributions to his trict Week in Oregon. campaign fund, not state "Successful on-the- monies, ground projects made pos- sible by funding and direc- M y tion from the districts prove e er to all Oregon landowners Memorial that conservation is good business," said Oregon De- partment of Agriculture Di- Trust Awards rector Katy Coba. "There is Baker City a higher public expectation for clean water, environmen- tal enhancement, and wa- YMCA tershed protection. Soil and water conservation districts Included in the more than are conservation leaders in $2.3 million in awards to 46 each of their communities." nonprofit organizations inODA'sNaturalResources Oregon from Meyer Memo- Division oversees the state's rial Trust given in October is 46 soil and water conserva- $10,294 to Family YMCA in tion districts (SWCDs). Baker City. "The districts are an ca- Funds awarded will be sential component of the used to purchase aquatic state's effort to address con- safety and training equip-servation needs, whether it ment. involves soil, water, or fish Meyer Memorial Trust and wildlife habitat," says awards grants and other in- administrator Ray Jaindl. vestments to tax-exempt or- "They have played that role ganizations in Oregon and since 1940 and relish the Clark County, Washington. opportunity to provide as- The grants awarded in Octo- sistance to landowners. This ber bring total donations from proclamation also gives the trust, beginning in 1982, them a well deserved pat on to more than $489 million,the back?' Meyer Memorial Trust is The governor's proclama- not connected with Fred tion offers a number of Meyer, Inc., the retail enter- strong statements support- prise, ing the good work performed More information about by SWCDs over the years: the Meyer Memorial Trust, SWCDs' locally elected including information about directors and staff have pro- AGENDA PINE EAGLE SCHOOL DISTRICT #61 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING November 9,2009 at 7:00 p.m. PINE EAGLE SCHOOL LIBRARY 1. Call to Order and Patriotic Observance 2. Announce Tape Recording of Meeting 3. Introductions 4. Celebration of learning- *5. CONSENT AGENDA: a. Approval of Minutes b. Review Financial Report c. Change in Employee Status 6. WELCOME GUESTS: 15 minutes for community testimony 7. Correspondence 8. Unfinished Business *a. Consideration of Licensed Employee Contract with OEA b. Policy IKFB - Graduation Requirement-- 9. New Business *a. Resolution for RES Property Management *b. 10. Administrators Report ESD Merger Report- Property Transfer Meeting - Mental Health Counselor -Charter School Status 11 Petitions and Requests 12. Suggestions for Future Agenda Items 13. Adjournment *Board Action Executive Session after regular meeting to conduct deliberations with person(s) designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotia- tions under ORS 192.660(2)(d) Work session - Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. on Graduation Require- ments Next School Board Meeting - December 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (541) 742-7900 Fax: (541) 742-7933 email: hcj Editor and Publisher - Steve Backstrom Staff: Rose Clark, Linda Collier, Sue Forrester, Pat Garrigus, Julie McCullough, Cindy Omann, Anna Richardson, Hayley Sanders and Patti Walker Correspondents: Linda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherrie Kvamme, Deb Lowe and Sybyl Smith The Hells Canyon Journal is published weekly for $30.00 (Baker County) or $40.00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. Periodical postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834. USPS Number: 002- 953. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834. Member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association edge of providing technical assistance and finding fi- nancial aid to implement best conservation practices to private landowners; SWCDs have led the way in developing much of the on-farm infrastructure for Oregon's irrigated agri- culture; SWCDs are working with private landowners, state and federal agencies, and interested organiza- tions to protect habitats for threatened and endangered aquatic and terrestrial spe- cies; SWCDs are continually searching for ways to imple- ment the best scientific and technological solutions to protect and enhance Oregon's natural resources while protecting and main- taining local economies. It's that last statement that truly captures the bal- ance SWCDs seek between environment and economy, recognizing that farmers and ranchers play a critical role in resource manage- ment. "Districts are always looking for opportunities to protect the soil, protect the water, and provide habitat while maintaining the eco- nomic viability of Oregon ag- riculture," says Jaindl. The Oklahoma dust bowl of the 1930s may not have produced agricultural crops, but it did spawn a national effort to dedicate resources for conservation. In 1937, President Roosevelt asked all state governors to pro- mote legislation to form soil conservation districts within their states. These districts were to be local and to serve as liaisons between federal agencies and private landowners. The Oregon SWCDs in Oregon have helped landowners design and build water retention structures, and improve farm irrigation systems to increase water use effi- ciency. Districts help farm- ers and ranchers implement no-till farming practices to reduce soil loss from wind and water. They also help landowners plant and main- tain grass waterways across fields to collect and store any soil that moves from the fields before it can get into Oregon's streams. SWCDs often help land- owners with grant propos- als, which, in turn, pay for the design, installation, and materials used for a conser- vation project. Materials can include fencing, piping, shrubs, trees, or seeds. In other cases, SWCD funds are used for outreach and edu- cation - paying for work- shops that teach landown- ers a variety of ways to take care of the land and water that sustains agriculture. While it appears districts are mainly focused on rural landowners, SWCDs play an important role in urban ar- eas as well. Districts in populous Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties have provided a number of programs and projects that may actually reach a greater number of people than those in rural counties. The special week as pro- claimed by the governor co- incides with the annual meeting of the Oregon Asso- ciation of Conservation Dis- tricts (OACD) held in Pendleton. "I would like for Orego- nians to reflect on all the work to protect Oregon's natural resources that has application procedures andvidedexemplaryleadership Legislature did its part in been done over the past 60 !! materials for those intersted in implementing natural re- passing enablinglegislation plus years by so few for the'l in applying for a grant, is source conservation pro- and on February 10, 1940, benefit of so many," says available from the Trust'sgrams across the state; the South Tillamook Soil OACD President-elect website at or SWCDshavealonghis- Conservation District was Charles Boyer of Jackson by calling 503-228-5512. tory of being on the leading established. County. "I would like the Currently, there are 45 citizens-at-large to take a state-approved soil and wa- minute and think about the ter conservation districts people who are oh the bal- covering all parts of Oregon lots every election running and one Native American for SWCDdirectorpositions SWCD on the Umatilla In- and give a hearty thanks for dian Reservation. There are all the time and energy they 305 elected directors, ap- have donated toward the proximately 200 employees, welfare of us all." and many hundreds of vol- Each district has a suc- unteers working to imple- cess story to tell. Projects ment the latest science and aren't always visible to the technology, mixed with com- public, but the list is grow- mon sense, to protect and ingas landowners take care enhance Oregon's natural of the land and water that resource legacy, takes care of Oregon agri- From the beginning, culture and our way of life. Mm TIIlflllliii-|iniim u tbqllmlulm" :,, ],, .I- rTrl Jf)rT ,gm m nLnmm