By Curt Oden - Exline correspondent
I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather we have been having lately. You can see as you travel around that the farmers are sure busy working in their fields, getting their crops in.
The recipe for this week is a snack that was served at a recent get together that Denise and I attended. She also made it and took it this week to a food day at work and it was a big hit.
Seasoned Party Pretzels
3, 10 oz. bags of Honey Wheat pretzels
12 oz. bottle of butter flavored popcorn oil
1 Tb. dill weed
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. paprika
½ to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In an extra large bowl, pour in the Honey Wheat pretzels. Add the popcorn oil and mix together. Then, add each ingredient as listed individually, stirring after each ingredient.
Once everything is mixed together, place into two 9x13 inch pans and bake for 60 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Cool, dry and serve. Make sure to dry thoroughl, before storing, or it may get soggy.
Have you ever wondered how we came to honor mothers by having their own holiday? The ancient Greeks honored maternal goddesses during their annual spring festival. The Romans also held ceremonies in the spring honoring mother goddesses. Their festival was held for three days in the middle of March.
Another festival was held during the fourth Sunday of Lent by the early Christians. They honored the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Later in England, they honored mothers with a Mothering Sunday back in the 1600s. Following a service in church, gifts and flowers were given to mothers by their children to honor them. By the 1800s the tradition had almost completely died out there.
In America, Julia Ward Howe, who was renowned for penning the words to the famous song “Battle Hymn of the Republic” during the Civil War, promoted a Mothers’ Day.
In 1872 she suggested that a Mothers’ Peace Day be observed to promote peace. She held a meeting in Boston on the second Sunday in June for a number of years and suggested a sanctioned observance of Mother’s Day.
However, another lady was eventually recognized as being the organizer of a day to honor mothers in the United States. Her name was Anna Jarvis. Although she never married or had any children, she became renowned, as being the Mother of Mother’s Day, to pay tribute to all mothers.
Her own mother was the inspiration for establishing such a day following her death in 1905. Anna began by having carnations displayed during the church service, to honor her mother in a church in Grafton, W.Va.
Anna and others also began to write letters to prominent people, to lobby for an official observance of Mother’s Day. By 1911 nearly every state in the country celebrated a day to honor mothers. Then, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution on May 8, 1914 to designate an official observance of Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May on which it is still held today.
So we hope everyone had a nice Mothers Day this past Sunday.
The upcoming Exline 4th of July celebration, will have a lot going on this year. To participate, you may do so in a number of different activities. The “Miss Exline” contest applications are still being accepted at the Exline Old Country Store. The contest is open to any girl, age 14-18. You do not have to be a resident of the town of Exline to participate. The contest will be held during the town’s celebration. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, June 15. Applications may be obtained at the Exline Old Country Store.
There is also going to be a “Cutie Contest” held that morning at the shelter house pavilion in Hero’s Park. It will be for kids 5 and under. Details may also be obtained from the Exline Old Country Store.
They are also seeking vendors to sell things during the town’s celebration at the Flea Market. Also, if anyone else would like to set up a table there for kids tattoos, face painting, or whatever you think would be a good idea. To reserve a free spot, contact the Exline Old Country Store.
Also, if anyone has a talent they would like to share during the day between the scheduled events on stage that would be welcome. Things such as musicians, dance acts, comedians or anything else would be suitable.
The Exline Community Betterment Committee is sponsoring this 4th of July celebration. If you would like to donate, your contribution is tax deductible. Make checks payable to Exline Community Betterment Fund and mail them to the Exline Old Country Store, 102 W. Main St., Exline, Iowa 52555.
For more information on any of the things for the celebration, call the store manager Penny at (641) 658-2399.
Jordan McCoy of rural Exline recently participated in the NICAA Division I, Region XI baseball tournament, as a member of the Marshalltown Community College Tigers baseball team. They opened this tournament in Centerville, at the Indian Hills Community College baseball field against Muscatine on Saturday, May 12.
Jordan is a graduate of Centerville High School and an all-stater and state champion, who began the game by hitting a home run. He also hit a triple, got walked on base, stole a base, drove in three runs, hit another home run and scored three times. This helped Marshalltown defeat Muscatine by a score of 8-0.
Later in the day during the tournament, Marshalltown also beat Southwestern. In that game, McCoy ended up finishing 4 for 5, hitting two doubles out of 7 of 8 at bats, plus his single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave his team the go ahead run, which helped them beat Southwestern by a score of 11-8.
During this year, Jordan has attained a batting average of 348 for the season, with a slugging percentage of 658. He also has scored 49 runs, had 65 hits and hit 18 doubles. During the season he also had five triples, batted in 53 runs and hit 10 home runs.
He graduated from Marshalltown Community College this spring and will attend Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas this fall. He will play baseball for the Houston Baptist University Huskies in Division 1.
If you plan to attend the Exline Community Reunion on Saturday, May 26, contact Mary Ann Hurley and make your reservation. You may pay at the door that day. The fee is $10. You may contact her at (641) 658-2691.
The Exline Royal Neighbors of America, Chapter 3000, is sponsoring a unique project. They are going to write letters to the United States troops to thank them for their service as a Flag Day tribute, which is Thursday, June 14.
If anyone else would be interested in doing this, they may also participate. On your card you may include your name, address and e-mail address if you want. Place the cards in an envelope but do not seal them, since they will go through a security check. Do not include anything but the card. To participate you may contact Mary Ann Hurley at (641) 658-2691. The cards need to be given to the Royal Neighbors before June 1.
In case you were wondering, the Exline Hose Company No. 1 Museum, is now open every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. If anyone would like to volunteer to staff the museum, contact Penny at the Exline Old Country Store at (641) 658-2399.
The museum is a great place to wander through and enjoy the many things on display there. It contains memorabilia and photos from the early days of our town. One of the highlights of the museum is the original 1923 Model-T, Exline Fire Engine and Hose Cart that has been restored.
This is a nice place to visit on a Sunday afternoon or to bring out of town family or guests for something to do.