Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


November 7, 2011

Elections are approaching

EXLINE — The holidays will be here before you know it. It seems the stores are in full swing with their Christmas decorations and holiday supplies already on display.

The recipe this week is an old time fall favorite for this time of the year, with a modern version of how to make this treat.

Caramel  Apples


6 apples

1 (14 oz.) package individually     wrapped caramels, unwrapped

2 Tb. milk

1 can peanuts chipped (optional)

6 Craft Sticks



Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet.

Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave two minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.

Roll each apple quickly, in caramel sauce until well coated. Then, roll the caramel coated apples in the chopped peanuts if desired. Place on prepared buttered baking sheet to set.


I hope everyone had a fun Halloween and that they got lots of candy to enjoy.

Do not forget to go out and vote on Tuesday. I know there are a few local candidates that are running for office, here in Exline.

I have been on the Exline City Council and have served as the mayor of our fair town, back in the 1990s. It is interesting, even on a local level, to see how government works.

After I was elected mayor, a distant relative the late L.J. Johnson, who was originally from Exline and had already served as the mayor of Centerville, told me that “being the mayor of a town, was a job that everyone should have to do, at least once.”

It gives you a different perspective, of how politics really work, that was quite interesting.

In case you missed it, the November  birthday party was held this past Wednesday, at the Exline Old Country Store.

There was a nice turn out for the monthly gathering. Those celebrating this month include:  Heather Clark on Nov. 9, Barbara Eddy on Nov. 11, Jack McClurg on Nov. 21, Linda Lackner on Nov. 23, Mary Ann Hurley on Nov. 25 and Rosalee Exline on Nov. 30.

On Nov. 27, Rick and Penny Sharp will be celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary.

It is really nice to have people tell me, where ever I go that they like to read this column, each week. I think it is nice they take time out of their day, to tell me they look forward to reading it  and that they cut out and try the recipes that appear each week.

Recently, we were in Des Moines and saw a couple up there, from Appanoose County and they even told me they like to read my column, which was very nice. It is great to hear from the readers and to know people enjoy this weekly endeavor.

This past weekend, Denise and I, along with Rick and Vickie Butler were in Altoona, for the State Grand Chapter, yearly meeting, of Eastern Star. There were also quite a few other members of our Centerville Chapter in attendance.

There was a lot of pomp and ceremony at the event, as the 2011 Grand Officers ended their term and the 18 new, 2012 Grand Officers begin their year.  

Vickie was asked to be a Grand Officer, so she will be serving for the year, with the other state officers.  

I was asked to be the Project Chairman for our District 12, so that too, will be an interesting assignment.

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