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January 23, 2007

Mmm, Squirrel Stew!

T Peter on February 16, 2007 06:36 PM EST writes:
mmm,squirrel stew

Amusing and thoughtful essay.I came to hunting from a non-hunting family later in life having moved from suburban Chicago to rural Iowa.I felt quite sad when I killed my first deer, such a beautiful animal.Hunting has changed me in several ways.I'm much more aware of the fact that my life is dependent on consuming other living critters (of the veggy or furry kind) and that every time I lift a fork to my mouth I do it with gratitude and respect for where the food came from and how it lived.Hunting has caused me to be much more passionate about conservation.I cringe now when I see urban sprawl gobbling up habitat.Groups like Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited all work to preserve and restore natural habitat.So long as hunters observe the concept of fair chase and take only from the excess of the land then hunting will play an important and positive role in preserving wild spaces in our country.
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Mary Beth Crain on January 24, 2007 07:34 PM EST writes:
Why, you're right next door!

Jon: Yes, Pentwater sure is lovely. I moved here because my twin brother and his family are Shelbyites and we had to decide what to do with my 85-year-old mom who was living alone in Rochester N.Y. and had several falls that landed her in a nursing home. The best solution, so that we both could take care of her, seemed for me to move to Hart, where we could put her at Cherry Blossom Manor. Anyway, the whole story is in my Jan. 18 column in the Oceana Herald-Journal, if you want to go online at oceanaheraldjournal.com and read it. It's called "Goodbye, L.A., Hello, Hart." I just became a regular columnist and have a slightly different version of the wild game dinner piece in this week's issue--on the stands tomorrow, online now. Keep in touch and maybe we'll meet--you can e-mail me at mbcrain@earthlink.net.
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Jon Hughes on January 24, 2007 02:58 PM EST writes:
Lovely Pentwater

Mary Beth,

I have just returned to the OC from Grand Rapids. I am originally from Shelby but now reside in lovely Pentwater. I loved in the "big" city for a while and couldn't wait to come back to Oceana County. I love how slow everything moves here. I love the genuine people and I love not having neighbors so close that I can hear what they are watching on TV. I am sure it was quite a culture shock to come from LA to this area. May I ask what prompted the move?
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John Sparks on January 23, 2007 10:34 PM EST writes:
Squirrels

And Mary Beth, if you eat any more of them squirrels, make sure that the brain hain't cooked with them--there are a few cases in the South where Kreuzfelt-Jakob Syndrome has been traced to squirrel brains. Just a friendly tip here from your Red Neck Med Tech. JS
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Mary Beth Crain on January 23, 2007 07:29 PM EST writes:
Yeah, I know

Jon: Oh, yes, I've attended the annual Asparagus Festival and even interviewed Mrs. Asparagus a few years back. It's the hoot of hoots. Don't you love the parade? The year I attended it, Mrs. Asparagus and her "court"--all gals in long gowns--led the parade in a pickup truck. I forget whether or not she was handing out asparagus to the multitudes, but I know that's one of her duties at the state legislature. Anyway, glad you liked the piece. Where in O.C. do you live, by the way?
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Jon Hughes on January 23, 2007 06:38 PM EST writes:
Welcome to Oceana County

I was amazed, as a fellow Oceana County resident, to find an article, written by an author from Hart, within the listings of Digg.com. I don't know how long you have been in Hart but if you think hunting season is a big deal wait until the National Asparagus Festival! Thanks for the article!
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