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Fanning Files

By Me “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” - Ian MacLaren I remember it well. My wife laying in a hospital bed in Sparta holding our son, making sure he knew his mother was there with him. He was about...

 

Life as I see it

I just spooned a load of potatoes onto my plate when the phone rang. All activity came to a screeching halt. Casual conversation stopped in mid air. Everyone listened to the ring. It was 3 longs, 3 shorts and 3 longs. Yes! That was our ring. Mom got...

 

Looking Back

70 Years Ago Week of Friday, October 20, 1950 Bells in schools, churches, and city halls will ring at noon, October 24, to call attention to the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations charter as the basis for world peace. A...

 

Hanley's Helpful Hints

I found this week’s recipe in the Oct./Nov 2020 “Taste of Home” magazine. Cristen’s Giant Cinnamon Rolls 2 packages (1/4 oz. each) quick-rise yeast 1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees) 2 teaspoons honey 1-1/2 cups warm 2% milk (110 to 115...

 

An Outdoorsman's Journal

Hello friends, Forty-nine falls ago, my Dad the late Robert Walters took me duck hunting and camping on an island on the Mississippi River near Ferryville for the first time. I was with my brothers...

 

Fanning Files

By Me ____________________________________ When I sat down years ago to watch the first Ice Age movie with the kids I became instantly attached to the characters. But my fascination with the animals of ice age, and the era of dinosaurs began many...

 

Looking Back

70 Years Ago Week of Friday, October 13, 1950 Chas. Hanson has installed a television set in his home in Ontario and reports he has good results. A final baseball game at Cashton was a 1-0 thriller that went to West Salem High School Monday afternoon...

 

Hanley's Helpful Hints

Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella, and Basil Stuffed Chicken 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, divided Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 jar, (12 oz) sweet roasted red peppers, sliced into 1 inch...

 

An Outdoorsman's Journal

Hello friends, This fall Wisconsin had a northern Wisconsin duck hunting opener which started on September 26 and the southern opener which began the following weekend. This week I am writing about a...

 

Fanning Files

By Me I stumbled across this over the weekend, posted on Facebook by a friend. I thought it would be worth sharing… As the world fights to figure everything out, Biden, Trump, Covid, BLM, Life... I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting...

 

Looking Back

70 Years Ago Week of Friday, October 6, 1950 The Portland PTA meeting was well attended Friday evening. Miss Elma Sholes was the guest speaker. She talked about the school lunch program. The high school baseball team defeated Ontario in extra...

 

Hanley's Helpful Hints

Cranberry Salad 2 cups ground fresh cranberries 2 oranges, ground, also peel 2 apples, ground, also peel 2 packages lemon jello 1-1/2 cups sugar 3 cups hot water Grind fruit and add sugar. Dissolve jello in water and combine to fruit/sugar mixture....

 

An Outdoorsman's Journal

Hello friends, For 107 days, first time hunter Michelle Chiaro and myself put in every bit of energy that we could muster into baiting black bear and hunting black bear for two weeks of a very cool...

 

Fanning Files

By Me It was around 1993 when the Beanie Baby craze hit America. These small stuffed animals mass produced in China made such a splash that some Americans, mostly adults, began to “invest” in collections. The five-dollar toy, which were sold...

 

Looking Back

70 Years Ago Week of Friday, September 29, 1950 Wisconsin dairy farmers are showing much interest these days in new milk houses, and a great many are being built. Monroe County’s first draft quota under the new draft law left by train last...

 

Hanley's Helpful Hints

This week’s recipe is a great bar recipe with frosting. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Zucchini Bars 1-1/2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Dash of salt 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon...

 

Life as I see it…

Here we go again. It is time for another meal. My brain turns to mush. What should I fix that I haven’t fixed for the last few weeks? Along with preparing the food, I also have to prepare the table. My table is never devoid of clutter. The daily...

 

An Outdoorsman's Journal

Hello friends, This summer and now fall I have run bear baits for the tenth year in a row in what I honestly believe is about as far south as you can hope to get a black bear in Wisconsin. In all...

 

Fanning Files

By Me Facebook is a place of b0th great joy, and a place of ire. It has been both companion and antagonist to Me, and, I imagine, for many. However, I have increasing concern that there is a growing number of people whose lives exist and who rely...

 

Looking Back

70 Years Ago Week of Friday, September 22, 1950 The recently completed Monroe county institutions for the aged and mentally ill is Sparta will hold an open house September 28 to view this fine new building. Visitors will be welcome from 9 a.m. to 5...

 

Hanley's Helpful Hints

Apple Muffins 3 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups raw diced/grated apple 2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup chopped nuts 2 teaspoons...

 

An Outdoorsman's Journal

Hello friends, This week I am writing to you about an adventure that I took with my golden retriever Ruby. It was kind of a waterfowl hunt, somewhat fishing, while sleeping in my boat trip. Most of...

 

Fanning Files

By Me This year, 2020…This thing we call life… There seems to be nothing normal about this year. Most festivals, fairs, and entertainment in general seem to have come here to wither. And with the absence of those things that so many look forward...

 

Looking Back

70 Years Ago Week of Friday, September 15, 1950 A large crowd of curious citizens swarmed into Cashton last Thursday evening to view the Sparta National Guard’s mock attack on the village. Shortly before 8 o’clock a simulated air attack heralded...

 

Hanley's Helpful Hints

My Aunt shared this week’s recipe with me. This recipe makes a large batch, great for a get together. Sounds yummy, thanks Norma! Summer Squash Casserole 18 cups sliced zucchini or yellow summer squash (about 6 pounds) 6 medium carrots, shredded 3...

 

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