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19th Hole Sauce Recipe

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Leave a comment

My friends Jim and Starr Ramsey gave me this recipe many years ago and we usually have some on hand. glitter iphone case 7 Jim and Starr were the ultimate grillers; grilling 3-4 times a week, no matter what the weather. It didn’t matter if there was a foot of snow in the winter, Jim would brush the snow off the grill and start a fire with real charcoal (not briquets!). This sauce may also be called Sitzmark sauce. You will find some other recipes on line, however this is a simple, easy to make recipe and you may already have most of the ingredients in your cupboard. We keep the left over sauce in our refrigerator for a month or more. 8 plus case iphone disney It can be used as a condiment on all kinds of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. We normally use it on grilled cheeseburgers on toasted english muffins. Lamb burgers are especially good! I still have the recipe as I copied it down almost 40 years ago. carging case iphone 7

19th Hole Sauce Recipe from Jim and Starr Ramsey

19th Hole Sauce Recipe from Jim and Starr Ramsey

Ingredients: 1) 1/2 Cup of water 2) 1/4 Cup of vinegar (White or Cider) 3) 2 Tablespoons of oil (we use extra virgin olive oil) 4) 1 1/2 Cups of Ketchup (we use Heinz) 5) 1 Bay leaf 6) 1 Teaspoon of sugar 7) 2 Drops of liquid smoke 8) 1 Teaspoon of salt 9) 1/3 Cup of finely diced onion 10) 1/2 Teaspoon of paprika
Combining the Ingredients

Combining the Ingredients

A very colorful mix of spices!

A very colorful mix of spices!

Putting it all together: 1) Combine all the ingredients into a small sauce pan. It really doesn’t matter what order the ingredients are added. 2) Over low heat, gradually bring to a simmer. Cover and let it simmer for at least a half an hour. 3) Stir every couple of minutes to keep from burning on the bottom of the pan. 4) Check to make sure the mustard seeds are soft enough to bite into without being hard. 5) Ready to serve warm or cold. 6) Save the unused portion in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Simmer and stir on low heat for at least 30 minutes

Simmer and stir on low heat for at least 30 minutes

The good old Revere Ware sauce pans!

The good old Revere Ware sauce pans!

Tips: 1) If you have never used Liquid Smoke, there are several brands which can be found in a grocery store. phones cases for iphone 6 You only need a drop or two to change the flavor of a recipe, so a bottle will last you a long time. 2) Revere Ware. iphone 8 bamboo case My mother always used Revere Ware, which is cookware made with lightweight stainless steel or stainless steel with a copper bottom. iphone 6 case guinness If you don’t burn what you are cooking, these pans are easy to clean and last forever. I prefer to use the old style Revere Ware that you can buy used on Ebay at a reasonable price. I have all the high priced gourmet cookware, but I always seem to cook with the Revere Ware when it comes to sauce pans or large 6 and 8 quart pans. The older Revere Ware is not “non-stick”, so you can use metal spoons for cooking and “Scotch-Brite” pads for cleaning. We primarily use this sauce on hamburgers and cheeseburgers. We especially like the combination of Cheeseburgers, Sharp Cheddar cheese slices, with 19th Hole Sauce, on a grill toasted english muffin. iphone 7 plus phone cases torro
Grilling the burgers with toasted English Muffins and Sharp Cheddar Slices!

Grilling the burgers with toasted English Muffins and Sharp Cheddar Slices!

A little sauce on top and underneath the burger!

A little sauce on top and underneath the burger!

We usually eat our burgers with other common “Picnic” foods, no matter what time of year. We try to get some vegetable in our diet at the same time.

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Fall Food Plots – Trying New Seed Mixes

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Leave a comment

We haven’t planted new food plots since 2014 and it is time (Summer 2017) to plant some fall annual food plots in preparation for perennial food plots in 2018. We have a half acre of three year old Imperial Whitetail™ Brand Clover which needs to replaced in 2018 with at least an acre of Whitetail Clover. This late summer (August 5th) we planted six seed mixes from the Whitetail Institute. We have found reliability and innovation with Whitetail Institute products and seldom try other brands. Seed selection is one of the most important aspects of planting food plots. This time we are planting Pure Attraction®, Ambush®, Winter Greens™, Beets & Greens™, Tall Tine Tubers™ and Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus™. These are all annual seed blends and should be killed during the winter in this western New York location.

3 year old neglected Imperial Whitetail Clover food plot

3 year old neglected Imperial Whitetail Clover food plot

We started in June preparing for this planting with a late burn down. I say late because of very rainy spring weather. We did not apply the first application of glyphosate until the weeds were about 18 inches tall in most places. We used a heavy rate of glyphosate to control perennial weeds, with quackgrass being our biggest concern. bambi phone case iphone 7 plus We made a second application about the third week of July. To attempt to control quackgrass, you must make a second application when it re-grows following the first application. Since we are planting fall annual food plots, we will have another opportunity to control the quackgrass, if it regrows. We will make another burn down application next spring, before we plant our perennial planting of Whitetail Clover.
Food plot "Burn Down" number two

Food plot “Burn Down” number two

When we look at food plot seed blends in advertising and online, we get an idea of what is in the package, but to know exactly what is in the package you must read the Seed Label on the package you purchase. The seed label is required by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). iphone 8 tough case This label will tell you the specific varieties, percent pure seed, germination percentage, origin of the seed (state), percent weed seed, percent inert matter, germination test date, amount of noxious weeds, container weight, etc. Here is the seed label information for the varieties in the seed bags we purchased: These seed mixes contain a high percentage of coating material which is very important to the germination and weight distribution of the seed as it goes out a broadcast seed spreader. It is better to ensure that the seed you plant will grow than to purchase uncoated seed that may not germinate in adverse conditions. The coating is All-Vantage containing RainBond which will also helps water adhere to the seed in dry conditions. Tall Tine Tubers: We like Tall Tine Tubers which we have grown before. The turnips provide foliage for the deer to eat after a freeze in the fall and the turnip “bulbs” to eat throughout the winter and early spring. Tall Tine Turnip – 55.24% Purple Top Turnip – 10.48% Other Crop – 0% Weed Seed – 0.05% Inert Matter (includes 34.18% Coating Material) Beets & Greens: This is the first time we have planted this seed mix. We are excited to see how the sugar beets in this mix preform. We have grown the other plants in the mix previously including Radish, Kale, Rape, and Tall Tine Turnips. It appears to be a mix that will nourish deer in late fall and possibly through winter and early spring. We had difficulty calibrating our hand held seeder to spread this seed because of the size difference between the larger beet seed and the smaller brassica/turnip seed. iphone cases iphone 6 When we opened the seeder up to accommodate the beet seed, it let out too many brassicas. We feel this was the cause of our planting too much seed on a smaller area than the 1/2 acre intended. We may need to look at other seeder options. WINA 412 Radish – 25.59% WINA 210 Kale – 18.87% Trophy Rape – 18.26% Newbie Sugar Beet – 14.81% Tall Tine Turnip – 2.95% Other crop – 0.05% Inert Matter – (includes 19.04 % coating material) Weed Seed – 0.05% Winter Greens: This is a good all around annual fall food plot mix. We have planted this previously. The deer will come in to eat it after a frost or two. In our area in western N.Y. State, it will be consumed from about mid Oct. iphone 7 plus case with cover until it gets really cold in mid January, maybe longer if there is snow cover. The deer will dig through the snow for it! WINA 210 Forage Kale – 24.32% Premier Forage Kale – 24.28 % Dwarf Essex Rape – 4.44% Trophy Rape – 3.29% Dwarf Siberian Kale – 3.28% Purple Top Turnip – 0.79% Other crop – 0.05% Inert Matter (includes 34.2% Coating Material) Weed Seed – 0.08% Ambush: This is a new seed mix for us and we are anxious to see how the lupines, peas, Alex Berseem Clover, sugar beets and Annual Ryegrass do in this mix. Our initial impression is that this mix germinated slowly, and the Alex Berseem Clover, and lupines germinate and develop slowly. Since the pea and lupine seed are large seeds and the percents in the seed mix are derived by weight, there are really not many lupine and pea seeds that have an opportunity to germinate. We’ll have to see how it looks in October and how much the deer feed on it. In our case, we may also need to change our planting procedure to make sure the bigger lupine and pea seeds are covered with more soil to get a higher germination percentage. Amiga White Lupine – 25.88% WINA 204 Peas – 19.80 Lumen White Lupine – 15.97 Whitetail 906590 Oats – 11.96 Alex Beseem Clover – 9.88 Newbie Sugar Beet – 5.98% DH-3 Annual Ryegrass – 4.99 Other crop – 0.05% Inert Matter (includes 5.10% Coating Material) Weed Seed -0.06% Pure Attraction: This is a new seed mix for us. cheap iphone 7 plus phone cases We really like Whitetail Oats and this was an attractive mix to us since we wanted to combine some other seed types with our oat planting. One of the attributes we like about the “sweet” oats is that the deer will start eating it almost immediately, where we have to wait for frosts for many of the “greens”. Whitetail 906590 Oats – 38.89% Whitetail 105069 Oats – 35.87 Fridge Triticale – 12.34% Bolero Peas – 4.41% Brundage Wheat – 3.72% WINA 210K Forage Kale -1.045 Premier Forage Kale – 1.04% Dwarf Essex Rape – 0.225 Tall Tine Turnip – 0.22% Trophy Rape – 0.14% Dwarf Siberian Kale – 0.14% Other Crop – 0.07% Inert Matter (includes 5.10% Coating Material) Weed Seed – 0.07% Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus we have planted previously several times. I do not currently have the seed label for the seed we planted, but I can add that later. The majority of this seed is uncoated oat seed. We really like this product! The deer feed on it almost immediately and will continue to feed on it until it is frozen out in our area. It continues to grow and the deer keep it pruned almost down to the ground. Due to abnormal growing conditions and our first time experimentation using a UTV as a cultipacker, we chose to over seed our entire planting this year with a half rate of the “sweet” oats. So far, this has proven to be a benefit, although we did get excellent germination for almost all our seed mixes.
Imperial Whitetail Oats over-seeded at half rate over all plantings

Imperial Whitetail Oats over-seeded at half rate over all plantings

Our planting process this year included two burn-down applications primarily to control perennial quack grass, followed by three discings, planting, then fertilizing. We would like to have incorporated the fertilizer in with the discings, however with approaching rains we wanted to make sure we had the seed planted, and germination confirmed before we committed to purchasing fertilizer. We also felt we probably had enough phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) to get the plants going. iphone 7 orange phone cases There might be an advantage of making one late heavy N-P-K application after germination verses a split application of an early N-P-K application followed by a later Nitrogen (N) application. Ideally you would make the two fertilizer applications. We’ll see how big the turnips and sugar beets get by November 15th?
Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus germinating!

Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus germinating!

We try to follow the seeding rate on the package, usually I purchase 1/2 acre bags of seed. Sometimes it is a challenge to get the rate correctly and achieve optimum spacing between plants. If the seeding rate is to close, you get a lot of spindly plants. If it is too thin, you get gaps which allow weeds to get established. Particularly with turnips, radishes and sugar beets, if they are planted too thickly, the root bulb will be small. For these rooting plants you want them planted thin enough to grow big “bulbs”. Having enough fertilizer will also help grow big bulbs if the plants have enough space.
Always exciting to see good germination and plant spacing!

Always exciting to see good germination and plant spacing!

An example of planting too thickly

An example of planting too thickly

We had one area that we decided to turn into a food plot late in the summer and it only received a mowing and one burn down application. It was very trashy even after it had been disced about 4 times. We planted extra seed and oversewed it with the “Sweet” oats. It appears to have had good germination and we expect this plot to do well.
Good germination in a really trashy area!

Good germination in a really trashy area!

After germination it is great to watch the plants get established and in some cases fight for light and dominance with their neighbors. If you can’t get your seeding rate perfect, it’s better to plant extra seed than not have enough planted in our opinion.
Oats and Brassicas getting established! Tillering - Sinking roots!

Oats and Brassicas getting established! Tillering – Sinking roots!

Our most shady/secluded plot getting established!

Our most shady/secluded plot getting established!

We have one newly cleared area where we have cut down relatively large trees to expand our food plot area and to let more light in on or existing plots. We have cut the trees, harvested the firewood, burned the branches and have planted this area for the first time. This creates the need to disc the soil and plant around the stumps. We do not plan to remove the stumps and all our food plots have stumps in varying stages of decay. catterpillar iphone 7 case
Planting around the stumps!

Planting around the stumps!

We have planted about 2 1/2 acres of food plots this year, some is planted in between rows of english walnut trees that we have planted. We have our first nut on a tree this year! We did not plant blocks of the same seed mix types, but alternated seed mix types in about 30 foot bands throughout the plots. In previous years we have planted in blocks which resulted in some plots being pretty bare after the deer at almost everything. With this approach all the plots should have something growing throughout the entire hunting season.
Multiple Food Plots with Multiple Seed Mixes Planted

Multiple Food Plots with Multiple Seed Mixes Planted

With the food plots established and the expectation that big bucks from all over will come to flock into these food plots, we decided to build a simple hunting stand to overlook about 2/3 of the plots. At the very least it will give us a place to sit, out of the rain, in a comfortable chair while we watch the show.

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Letters to My Mother sent by Dad – January, 1945

Posted on June 11, 2017 by Leave a comment

Fred Kitson circa late 1944

Fred Kitson circa late 1944

Dad once told me “My time in WWII was the most exciting 6 months of my life and for me it is like it happened yesterday” He never really talked about it until he was about 75 years old. Initially it upset him to talk about it and he would often breakdown in telling a story. Once he got comfortable about talking about it, he kept remembering more stories to tell and wanted to share his story. Dad (Fred Kitson) trained at Camp Wheeler in GA. Dad and I visited the area around Camp Wheeler in 2006. The camp no longer exists and very little information is available. Some of the camp is now a residential and business area. The letters are from my father to my mother Jeanne Ruth White Kitson.
Mom and Evelyn Jeane circa first half of 1945

Mom and Evelyn Jeane circa first half of 1945

(This photo was taken in the side yard at my grandparents house sometime in the summer of 1945 after my father came back from Europe.) 1944 12/2 – Daughter Evelyn Jeanne is born in Buffalo, NY 12/7 – Finished training as Infantry replacement for mortar and machine gun 12/9 – Furlough 12/19 – Furlough ends 12/31 – Boarded the Queen Mary at NYC; 18,000 including buddy Melvin Lau. The Queen Mary sailed January 1 – January 7, 1945. Duration of sailing 5 Days, 16 hours, 44 minutes. Speed 26.63 Knots. Normal Troop Capacity 15,000. Dad said the ship had 18,000 loaded. 1945 1/7 – Landed Gourock, Scotland; boarded train for South Hampton, England; traveled through the night under black-out conditions. 1/8 – Boarded U.S. Navy landing ship tank (special ship for unloading tanks and other military vehicles and equipment); traveled across the English Channel to Le Harve, France. 1/12 – Left Le Harve in boxcars; 33 men in each car with full field pack and duffle bag. 1/14 – Arrived at Repo Depo at Metz, France. 1/16 – Loaded on truck at dusk with other infantry replacements The rest of this account is told in first person as my father told it to me or has been written in the letters he wrote. Occasionally, clarification comments will be made by the author to add additional detail which will be in parentheses: 1/17 – Sometime during the night Melvin Lau and I heard our names called out and we jumped into the road and were led into the basement of a damaged schoolhouse. The basement was illuminated with burning rags stuck into wine bottles filled with gasoline; black sooty smoke filled the air. We had joined Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment of the 87th Infantry Division of the Third Army under General Patton. We never saw him! We subsequently learned that this division had been committed to action for the front on December 25th 1944 in Leige, Belgium at the Battle of the Bulge. When we joined the men in our squad, on Jan. 17th (23 days later), only one half of the combat force was left. The others were either sick, wounded or dead. We replacements were welcomed into the machine gun squad with genuine appreciation. Camp Wheeler trained 1000 replacements per week. To fill the Queen Mary it was necessary for 18 other replacement camps around the country to supply 1000 men each to fill the ship with 18,000 men and probably some women. Can you imagine the logistics of assembling 18,000 infantry replacements from around the country to load on to the Queen Mary; one man at a time walking up the gangplank? We were told that loading men had been going on for 24 hours prior to the time we loaded and we left about 30 hours after we loaded. sushi iphone 6 case This was the first and last time I spent time in New York City, on New Years Eve.
217 Glenridge Road, East Aurora, NY, circa 1935

217 Glenridge Road, East Aurora, NY, circa 1935

(My grand parents lived at 217 Glenridge Road in East Aurora, NY. Mom stayed with my grandparents while Dad was in Europe. The house had recently been built and only small trees surrounded it by 1945.) 1) This is the First Letter written after his first night on the ship. Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Clarence L. iphone 7 case kenzo Brauton, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? U.S. Army Postal Service 13/Jan/1945 From: Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Hello Dear Jeanne, I love you and hope you and our precious baby are feeling all right. I am fine and will be quite a way from home when you get this. I am writing this while at sea. Without a doubt you will be wondering how I like the boat ride. The first night out to sea was rather rough. After evening chow my stomach rolled quite a bit, but I managed to keep it down. A good many boys were less fortunate and tossed up everything. We haven’t rolled much since the first night, and I have felt quite good and haven’t missed a meal. The meals are pretty good and we eat just twice a day, which is enough as we haven’t much to do. I am anxious to know how the baby is coming along. I’ll bet she is growing like a weed. How is her rash? Does she still look like her Daddy? I hope her mommy is feeling good and getting along all right. I have buddied up with a fellow from Minnesota whose name is Mel Lau (Melvin) ( Dad and Melvin Lau became life long friends). He is married, but has no children. He is the same age as I. We chum together most of the time and I enjoy his company a great deal. iphone 8 case rock We have a P.X. on the ship and we can get what we need. Incidentally cigarettes are 5 cents a pack on the ship. We received nifty Red Cross packages which contained the following; carton of cigarettes, deck of cards, pencil, writing paper and envelopes (which I am using), a pocket reader of short stories, life savers (lime), sewing kit, soap box, and soap, and shoe laces. All this came in a useful cloth bag with a drawstring on top. It’s a nifty gift and we appreciate it. Red cross women also gave us coffee and donuts and candy just before we boarded the ship. (I am pretty sure this got dumped shortly after arriving in Scotland, as they had to carry so much and this would quickly become dead weight. Dad said they learned very quickly to travel light.) I haven’t seen Bob Jones yet, but I have seen several of the other boys on the ship. I saw Gates the farmer and asked and asked him if he got the manure pile moved, but he said no, but he did get is pig and bull butchered. Let me know if you received the Western Union money order which I sent from the P.O.E. (Port of Entry?). That was the only way I could send it because of censorship. Our ship is very beautiful and we have a good stateroom. It is a former first class passage room, with nine bunks in it. We have a lavatory with bathtub, and an extra wash stand in the room with beautiful mirrors which make shaving very easy. Hot and cold running water. We have a good bunch of fellows in the room which makes it very agreeable. I would like to tell more about the ship, but as you know everything form now on will be censored. (Dad said that there was a rotation of the bunks and meals. I believe he said 3 rotations. Each soldier got 8 hours in the bunk. He previously mentioned in this letter they got two meals a day. I believe this information was not included because it would have disclosed troop numbers and would have been censored) I am writing this in the recreation room, and one of the boys is playing very beautifully on the piano. If the writing is any poorer than usual, it is because of the rolling of the ship. This letter will be censored on the ship and will start back shortly after we hit the dock, (Gourock, Scotland), so you will get it as soon as possible. It will soon be chow time Darling Jeanne. Good Afernoon. I love and adore you and Evelyn Jeanne. Many hugs and kisses. Your truly, Fred May God Bless You both abundantly. 2) I believe this is the second letter. No envelope. On United States Army stationary. (Since he knew no mail would be mailed back to the states until the ship docked in Scotland, he may have combined letters and not have been too concerned when they were posted while on the ship.) Hello Dearest Jeanne, Here’s hoping you are feeling O.K. when you receive this darling. I am feeling fine and wish I knew that you and the baby were as well as I am. We are still at sea and the weather is still about the same and the boat is rolling very little. I was on the top deck this afternoon and got quite a kick out of watching the water roll by, which is just about all you can do. It was very breezy up there and the salt spray felt stingy as it blew into the face. Last night I was in the bunk at 7:30 and I read quite a bit out of my pocket reader before lights out. We have reveille at 6:00 AM, chow at about 9:00 AM, and 5:00 PM, and lights out at 10:00 PM. In between time we go up on deck and read or just loaf. They frequently have movies on the deck, but I haven’t bothered to see any. In the evening we can get a canteen cup full of pop for 15 cents. It tastes pretty good particularly because the ships water doesn’t have a good taste. I still haven’t missed a meal and furthermore I don’t expect to. Tonight we had potatoes, corned beef, bologna, carrots, turnips, pickles, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, and an apple. It was all very good and I enjoyed it. We eat out of our mess kits, which saves a lot of dish washing for the K.P.S. (kitchen patrol?) I am anxious to know all about you and the baby and know you will let me know as soon as possible. My best wishes and prayers are with you constantly. I love and adore you precious Jeanne. May God Bless You abundantly. Good nite My Love, Your Sweetheart Fred 3) From: 12 January 1945 (United States Army Stationary) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Clarence L. Brauton, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? At Sea Hello My Darling, I hope you and the baby are feeling good and want you to know that I am feeling very good. The sea has been very calm and we haven’t rolled a bit today. Mel and I spent a couple hours today on the deck cnjoying the fresh air and shooting the breeze. We talked about home and our love ones whom are keeping the home fires burning for us. Naturally our conversation centered on our wives and he told me about his and I very proudly told of my wonderful sweetheart. We talked of our courtship and carried right on to the present. I’m sure that we both enjoyed it tremendously. He is very happily married and you surely know I am also. It is wonderful to have you dearest to think about and think of our happy life together. It is also good to think of the future when I can come home and enjoy you and our loverkins, Evelyn Jeanne Good night darling, I love and adore you. Take good care of yourself and Evelyn Jeanne, and I’ll take good care of me. All my Love, Fred, May God Bless You. 4) From: (Sent V-Mail) Pvt Fred Kitson Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred V Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Clarence L. Brauton, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? Hello Darling Jeanne, I love you with all my heart. Jeanne think of you and our precious baby constantly. I hope you are well and our baby are both feeling well and happy. I am fine and have been enjoying our trip quite a bit. You are without a doubt quite concerned about me, but please don’t make yourself unpleasant by worrying over me as you have a great big job with the baby, and I am all right. You and Evelyn Jeanne are my precious loves and I miss you much but I have perfect memories and look forward to making our wishes come true. God Bless You. All My Love, Fred 5) This is the 5th letter. No envelope. Appears to have been combined with the previous letter. At Sea. Hello Dearest Jeanne, I just wrote a V-mail, but it is too small to really say anything, however I did want to write it as you will get it quickly. I had expected to write air mail, but there are no stamps available. After I get set on shore someplace, I will use airmail regularly. I am still at sea and seem to enjoy it more all the time. Today has been very bright and the sea is calm. I spent a couple of hours today on the top deck just looking around with my buddy Mel from Minnesota. We had exceptionally good chow tonight; beef stew, lima beans, potatoes, spiced ham cold cut, stewed figs, bread, butter, cheese, jam, and coffee. Last night we had an entertainment in or most beautiful dining room. We have a ship orchestra made up of talented passengers. A tenor soloist sang a song from the operetta Student Prince. iphone 6 phone case male It was very well done, and of course brought back fond memories. Two accordionists also played a couple of polkas. The orchestra also played several tunes, including “Paper Doll”, “Shiek of Araby”, and “In the Mood”. It all sounded very good and we enjoyed it, but we must admit it sort of made us homesick. I surely was lucky to have had that short time at Christmas, and enjoyed it to the fullest extent. It was a thrill of a lifetime to walk into the bedroom and see you feeding our beautiful Evelyn Jeanne. shockproof marble iphone 7 case You are very beautiful Darling and I enjoyed looking at you and realizing that you are really mine. I am very happy and proud to have you as my sweetheart, wife, and mommy of our precious baby. You looked as pretty or prettier as you always have in spite of the fact that you had just recently given birth to our little lovekins. I realize in part at least what you have gone through to bring our baby here and I assure you I appreciate it all. It was the greatest thrill of all to hold the baby and realize that she is ours. I’ll bet she looks quite a bit different now than she did when I left. Here’s hoping she continued to sleep through her two o’clock feeding. Good nite Dear Jeanne, I love and adore You; 4 bushels May God Bless You Your Sweetheart Fred 6) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (V-Mail) (Date unreadable) (France – must have arrived and started his way across Europe) (no date) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Burnsca (cursive signature)? Darling Jeanne, I know you haven’t received much mail, but rest assured I will write when I can. I haven’t received any mail yet and surely look forward to some, to learn how you and our lovekins are doing. I know you have written, it just hasn’t caught up with me. I have passed through bombed cities, and they are absolutely ruined. We are extremely fortunate that our cities haven’t seen bombs. It’s quite cold here and the ground is covered with snow. We sleep in a warm building and have good warm clothes. Where we are staying wan an extremely beautiful place before the war. Good afternoon Darling. I love and adore you. May God Bless You. All My Love. Fred 7) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (V-Mail) (France)(no date) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed Army Examiner – Anthony M. Schina, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? Hello Dear Jeanne, Here is hoping this fins you and the baby in the best of health. I’m feeling alright. We are sleeping in an old building which the Nazis formerly occupied. We have a stove and bunks in the room. Chow is exceptionally good which is very important. I have been using my French (which he took in high school) to a good advantage. The kids on the street beg for “cigarettes pour papa” and “chocolate pour bebe”. Everyone is extremely ill clothed. Everything they have is old and warn. I love you Darling. Please don’t worry about me. God Bless You. Your Sweetheart, Fred 8) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (Somewhere in France) (V-mail) (no date) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Burnsca (cursive signature)? Hello My Darling, I’m hoping that you and our precious baby are fineand not too worried about me. I am fine and dandy. I have seen a lot this war torn world and am happy that my loved ones oar in the U.S.A. Have a good anniversary day, (I think their anniversary was on Jan. 18th) and I hope and pray we can be together on the next one. I love you truly dearest and think of you and our loverkins always. God Bless You and Evelyn Jeanne and give you courage. (Keep your chin up precious Jeanne. I adore you. (Assigned to 3rd Army) (General Patton). Your Sweetheart and husband, Fred 9) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (Luxembourg) (V-mail) (Jan. 20, 1945) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Bumgardner (cursive signature)? (I believe this is the location of Dad’s first combat where he started taking fire from the enemy) Hello My Darling, I love you precious and hope you and Evelyn Jeanne are feeling fine. I am O.K. and have been assigned to the 87th division. I am with a good bunch of fellows and living in and old school house. Its fairly comfortable and well heated. It’s been quite cold with about 6 inches of snow. I think of you and the baby constantly and am anxious to hear how you are doing. I’ll bet she is growing fine as I know her mother is taking good care. Take good care of yourself Jeane and I will do the same. May God Bless You and Keep You. All My Love. Fred. P.S. I hope your family and mine are all feeling good. 10) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (Luxembourg) (V-mail) (Jan. 30?, 1945) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Milton C. Sherrl (cursive signature)? Hello My Darling, I hope you and Evelyn Jeanne are fine. iphone 8 plus case bohemian Jeanne, I am O.K.. We are quite busy and I don’t get to write often, but I will write when I can. We had quite a treat today and had the opportunity to take a shower and get clean clothes today. We are well taken care of, and get good chow and usually sleep in a warm building. aston villa iphone 8 plus case This afternoon I made a pan of delicious apple sauce which the boys are enjoying a great deal. I love you dearly Jeanne and keep hoping and praying that you and the baby are all right. I am extremely thankful that all my loved ones are in the U.S.A. and haven’t suffered like the civilians have here. Take good care of Our Baby. I pray for us all often and assume?(not clearly written) you do to.

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Genesee Valley Produce Auction Summer 2017

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Leave a comment

One of our favorite things to do is to visit the Genesee Valley Produce Auction. iphone 7 batman case We visited the auction for the second time in 2017, just before the Fourth of July weekend. The auction is getting into full swing for the summer with a full parking lot of buyers and a variety of produce items for sale. Be sure to take note of the changes of auction days and hours described below, for Summer 2017. brown leather iphone 8 plus case

Flowers for sale!

Flowers for sale!

New Hours Summer 2017

New Hours Summer 2017

The biggest change we noticed is an increase in the number of days the auction will be open this summer. mous iphone 7 cases I am sure this reflects the increase in the number of both buyers and producers in the local geography. iphone 6 case sea There was a sign posted announcing the new days and hours. red apple iphone 8 case Wether buyer or seller, be sure to enjoy the auction!! Notice!! Starting July 24th – October 3rd, we plan to have 3 Auctions a week. Monday at 5:00 PM Wednesday at 10:00 AM Friday at 10:00 AM After October 3rd, the Auction will go back to Tuesday at 10:00 AM and Friday at 10:00 AM. Thank You Some of the items for sale this past week included, eggs, beets, flowers, local strawberries, black raspberries, cucumbers, peppers, rhubarb, kale, cauliflower, carrots and onions. bling phone case iphone 6
Eggs for Sale!

Eggs for Sale!

Beets for Sale!

Beets for Sale!

For sellers, we took a photo of the “Selling Rules”. Not being a seller, we aren’t certain of the meaning of all the selling rules, but we are certain you can ask questions at the auction for clarity.

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