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Housekeeping tips from 1914 seem odd today

'Making the News at Ruskin'

Viburnums shine throughout Nebraska

Straight From the Horse's Mouth


Housekeeping tips from 1914 seem odd today

How to Clean White Feathers
White feathers of any description can be cleaned at home to look like new at a small cost. Take gasoline and plaster of Paris and mix the two together to the consistency of whipped cream. Dip the feathers in this mixture, squeezing and pressing them; then hang in the open air to dry thoroughly, and until the gasoline evaporates. Be careful not to handle until thoroughly dry; then shake well. The result will be a beautifully clean and fluffy feather. White wings may also be successfully treated in this manner. The gasoline must never be used in a room where there is a light or fire.
When Making Pillows
In making new pillows have the feathers first enclosed in a bag of cheese cloth or thin muslin. Then at any time the ticking may be removed for washing, and even the feathers may be washed in the inner bag without flying all over the house.
Use a Pitcher
Instead of using a mixing bowl or pan for batter cakes, use a pitcher with a lip and pour the batter out. It saves time and trouble and the cakes will be more uniform in size than when the batter is spooned out.
Laundry Wrinkle
        Place a slice of lemon with the rind removed in a boiler of clothes. The result will be clothes beautifully clean and white without in any way injuring them.
Eggs a la Shelburne
Cut slices from the tops of six tomatoes of uniform size and take out enough pulp to allow a raw egg to be broken inside. Cover with bits of butter and with a toothpick fasten a rasher of bacon over the top of each tomato. Cook in very hot oven until the eggs are set (about 8 minutes).

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'Making the News at Ruskin'
Nov. 26, 1909
      G. H. Smith returned from St. Joe this week with three carloads of feeders. This adds up to more than 100 cars of stock being fed in the Ruskin area this spring.
The Ruskin businesses were closing at 8 p.m. except on Saturdays and during the Christmas season when they stayed open later.
      A bountiful Thanksgiving dinner was served in the new Methodist church basement after a union service a the Presbyterian Church.
Nov. 24, 1932
    Fifteen friends held a husking bee for Albert Hoins who was recovering from an appendectomy. The good deed harvest 750 bushels of corn.
Roast goose was the featured Thanksgiving Dinner item with all the trimmings for 35 cents at the Eat Shop.
Nov. 24, 1964
Hinz Cafe was burglarized Saturday night. Among the items taken were several cases of beer, cigars and a carton of playing cards along with $35 or more in cash.
Nov. 29, 1974
Outstanding players on the 1974 Ruskin High School Football Team were Kevin Schultz, Bradley, Randall and Timothy Meyer, and Danny Renz.
Nov. 22, 1984
Ruskin Lions Club honored Harvey Hansen for serving 15 years as club secretary. Eldon Sorensen was his successor.
The new playground equipment was painted blue, red and yellow.

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Viburnums shine throughout Nebraska
University of Nebraska News Service
There's a lot to love about viburnums. Though they are known for their large, showy (and sometimes fragrant) spring blossoms, their ornamental characteristics extend far beyond that. Many produce magnificent berries late summer into fall, most have outstanding fall color and some have foliage that persists all winter.
In the face of recent drought, viburnums have fared far better than more commonly-planted shrubs like hydrangea and burning bush. And if deer are a problem in your locale, another great quality is that viburnums are rarely bothered by them. Ornamental characteristics really vary within this species and new varieties are being developed all the time, but here's a few that really shine.
The fruits of Siebold viburnum (Viburnum sieboldii) change from rose to red to black. It's one of the largest viburnums, growing to 20 feet or higher. It has a rigid growing habit and is worth planting alone as a specimen.
American cranberrybush viburnum (V. trilobum) gets yellow to reddish purple fall foliage and bright red fruits that may hold from September into February. It is similar to European cranberrybush, but has better fall color and is more resistant to aphids. A dwarf cultivar, "Compactum," grows to 5 feet by 5 feet.
Nannyberry viburnum (V. lentago), a Nebraska native, is tolerant of almost any conditions; sun or shade, moist or dry soils, planted in a border or as a specimen. Fruits go through a series of color changes. Green when they first appear in September, they may turn yellow, rose and pink before becoming bluish black. They often persist into December. Fall foliage may be red, but often the leaves fall off while they are still green. Its one weakness is susceptibility to mildew, so it should be planted where there is good air movement.
The fruits of arrowwood viburnum (V. dentatum) are also bluish black September through October and are favored by birds. Plantsman Michael Dirr calls this viburnum "possibly [the] most durable viburnum for midwest in Nebraska it withstands the high pH, heavy soils and the vagaries of that climate." The dark green leaves are glossy and turn yellow to red in the fall.
On wayfaringtree (V. lantana) the fruits go from yellow to red to black, often with all three colors present at the same time, making it showy in fall even though its leaves rarely develop good fall color. Planting several varieties in close proximity will increase fruiting. It can also withstand difficult, clayey soils. The cultivar "Mohican" is slightly smaller, 8.5 feet by 8.5 feet, than the mature size of 13 by 13 feet for the species.
Another viburnum outstanding for its fruits is linden viburnum (V. dilatatum). Drupes are bright, cherry red September through October, sometimes drying and persisting into December when they look like withered red raisins. Its leaves also hold late and can turn a bronze or burgundy color.
Mapleleaf viburnum (V. acerifolium) is one of the smaller viburnums, growing 5 feet by 3.5 feet. Fall foliage is beautiful, ranging from pink to orange to purple. Fruits are black, often remaining into the winter. It can grow in almost full shade and, unlike most viburnums, can also tolerate dry conditions.
Viburnum "Copper Ridges" also has beautiful fall foliage; it begins copper and changes to a deep maroon.
Though its foliage doesn't tend to take on fall color, the dark green, leathery leaves of lantanaphyllum viburnum, (V. x rhytidophylloides) persist into winter. The cultivar "Alleghany" has somewhat smaller and even more persistent foliage. Fruits turn from bright red to black. The deeply ridged foliage of "Willowwood" also may persist into the spring.
Leatherleaf viburnum (V. rhytidophyllum) is aptly named for its sturdy leaves with deep wrinkles. Planted in a protected micro-climate, it may remain green all winter. Fruits are red to black and hold into December. This species is tolerant of hot, dry, sunny locations.
Other characteristics and preferences to keep in mind in selecting a viburnum: If the site is in heavy shade, mapleleaf and arrowwood viburnum are good choices. For dry soils, possibilities include nannyberry and mapleleaf. Arrowwood viburnum can withstand heat better than most varieties and if the site is wet, European cranberrybush viburnum will do well.
The fruits of nannyberry, Koreanspice, arrowwood, Sargent and American cranberrybush viburnum are favored by birds. Any of these shrubs will be useful in a butterfly garden. For persistent fruit, try linden or American cranberrybush viburnum.

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Straight From the Horse's Mouth, by Duane Lienemann, UNL Extension
Modern-day quacks often cherry-pick science and use what suits them as semantic backdrop to fool unsuspecting consumers. Quacks may dazzle people with fanciful research study claims or scare them with intimidating warnings before trying to peddle products that make unreasonable promises or sell products as organic or natural alternatives to the evils that come from GMO based foods.
I had never heard of one of these quacks until a couple of weeks ago when someone asked me about the "Food Babe." Now it seems I see her work everywhere and so I did some research on her and what she stands for. I was surprised as I found the impact that this one person has had on the food and drink industry and it is not good in my opinion. Who is this "Food Babe," anyway?
Her real name is Vani Hari, and she's got quite a following. On Twitter, she has more than 76,000 followers. On Facebook, she has a whopping 860,000 followers. Her website,, had 632,684 unique visitors in September with more than 1.3 million last March. She's been on Good Morning America, the Today Show and on her fellow alarmist's program, The Dr. Oz show, plus a whole bunch of other programs popular with moms.
She has no relevant qualifications. What the Food Babe rarely reveals is that she isn't a scientist. Nor is she a toxicologist or a medical doctor. Yet she doles out nutrition, toxicological and medical advice with the confidence of someone trained in all three areas. She actually has a B.S. degree in computer science. She began her career as a banking consultant which she quit to blog full time and sell herself as a food expert, author and consultant on food! She is nothing but a quack with a lucrative business.
The Food Babe has one clear mission: to scare moms so bad that they stop buying all that convenient and reasonably priced food they've grown to like and which makes their lives a little easier. She's not asking much-just eat only food produced by raw, whole ingredients that you cook yourself. It can't be just any whole ingredients; they have to be organic and non-GMO. So you would think there would be studies or resources available to back it up. The evidence she provides that this strategy will lead to a healthier life? Exactly nothing! The trouble is that it is not science based at all!
Instead The Food Babe relies on alarmism. She's essentially a shock jock of the food and nutrition world, relying not on scientific evidence but on emotion and scary personal anecdotes. In short, quackery is dangerous. It promotes fear, devalues legitimate science and can destroy lives. Unfortunately, nutrition is a wonderful playground for people who want to manipulate fear. We need food to live, but according to her we can be poisoned, or worse yet poison our children by eating the wrong things!
Learning from others which foods are safe and which are dangerous was essential to our survival in the days before grocery stores. We are primed to react to scares about food. We make 200 food-related decisions every day. Food choices are one of the few things we can control as individuals. All this misinformation is a version of the FUD Theory - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt tactic that's been recognized as a marketing tool in other contexts. It operates on a guilt-by-association model: if bread contains a chemical that's also used in yoga mats, you claim that yoga mats are in our food, or that antifreeze and fish bladders are in our favorite beer! Never mind that antacids like Tums contain the same chemical used in gravestones and peach pits naturally contain cyanide! Her fear-mongering detracts from the value and promise of GMO technology, and promotes the appeal to nature fallacy. In turn, Food Babe perpetuates one of the most daunting perils of modern society, far more frightening than preservatives, artificial colors or GMOs scientific illiteracy!
A lot of folks like Food Babe aren't simply misleading the public about food choices. They are flat-out lying! Accurate information is readily available if you care enough to look for it and apply a bit of common sense in distinguishing credible vs. bogus sources. But if you spread fear and confusion without checking facts because it fits with your worldview or increases your sales, you're lying because you didn't bother to find out the truth first. Food Babe has the luxury of doing just that and then profiting from her lies. She sells meal plans and endorses superfood supplements, but positions herself as an investigator of the dangers in foods. The tactic, it seems, is to make people feel that the world is so full of dangerous foods that they better pay for her meal plans that specify what she believes is safe to eat. Oh and she has a book, The Food Babe Way that is available in February 2015 on Amazon and a TV show under development.
She sells ads on her site so it is in her interest to generate controversy to draw eyeballs. Hari has appeared on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. The exposure drives readers to pay $17.99 a month to download her Eating Guide, the organic living manual plus at least $15,000 speaker fee at conferences and who knows how much in consulting fees! She also has interest in companies that do home-delivered natural, organic and non-GMO foods as well as organic "superfood" such as hemp and chia seeds! You don't suppose that money is the real reason for her activism do you?

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