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Thursday, 18 December 2014
On December 13th, the Senate passed the 2015 federal budget (H.R. 83) by a vote of 54-40, appropriating more than $1 trillion for federal agencies. The House passed the 1,600 page bill on December 11th. One of most controversial... Read More...
AAA Year-End 2014 Travel Predictions for New Jersey
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Hamilton, NJ  – AAA Mid-Atlantic projections indicate that over 2.4 million New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more from home for Christmas and New Year’s, an increase  of 4.4% over last year’s statistics. Nationwide 98.6 million... Read More...
Nurses Receive March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards
Thursday, 18 December 2014
SAYREVILLE, NJ – The March of Dimes New Jersey chapter is pleased to announce that Freehold resident Molly Walker from Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune received the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Women's Health... Read More...
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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Monmouth County Freeholders Organization Meeting Jan 6
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Sine Die, organization meeting will be held Jan. 6 FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will organize for 2015 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the MonmouthCountyBiotechnologyHigh School at 5000 Kozloski Rd. On the agenda will... Read More...

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IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
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by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
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by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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by Anne Mikolay
Monday, 15 December 2014
Yes, I know. Tis the thought that counts...blah, blah, blah. But let's be honest. Shall we? Whether it's a collectible you don't collect, or a... Read More...
IMAGE The Normal Culture, and Why Liberals Abandoned It
by Woody Zimmerman
Monday, 15 December 2014
When I was a boy, most people lived in a way we considered a “normal” – although we didn’t really call it that. The country simply accepted... Read More...

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anne_mikolay_120On a recent visit to Pennsylvania, a local farmer struck up a conversation with me.

“I hunt squirrels and groundhogs bigger than that!” The farmer said, pointing to my four pound chihuahua.

Huh?

He had my attention, not because of his comment about my dog, but because I had never heard of anybody hunting squirrel other than Jed Clampett .

“You actually hunt squirrel?” I asked the farmer.

“Oh, yes, indeed!” He said, and happily described his hunting prowess.

Hunting squirrel and groundhog, I learned, is legal in parts of Pennsylvania, where schools close on hunting days, and each hunter is permitted to kill an assigned number of critters per day. The farmer explained how to skin and clean a squirrel in preparation for squirrel stew, and was rather amused by my claim that a city girl like me would never dream of eating the furry creatures that scamper through the backyard.

“Domestic squirrels,” my country friend pointed out, are different than the squirrels hunted in the wild, though both probably taste the same (like greasy chicken), he said.

I wouldn't know about that, nor do I want to.

When I was a little girl, my father often urged me to press my ear against a tree trunk, and listen to the chattering of the squirrels within. It wasn't until I was a bit older that my father revealed he had made the animal sounds to amuse me. His ruse worked; I've been intrigued by squirrels ever since. I enjoy their tail-twitching antics, and regularly feed them peanuts and corn – but not because I am fattening them up for hunting season.

While my husband might be pleased to know that Mr. Groundhog, his long-time backyard nemesis, can be legally exterminated in Pennsylvania, I can't imagine tossing Punxsutawney Phil into my crock pot. Serving woodchuck stew to my kids who used to make groundhog stick puppets every February 2nd seems downright insensitive to me. With all due respect to the residents of the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, only “groundhog cupcakes” will appear on my dinner table this Groundhog Day.

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Here, courtesy of www.family.fun.com, is a recipe for a Groundhog's Day treat I doubt will taste like greasy chicken.

 

Ingredients

  • Baked cupcake
  • Almond Joy candy
  • White frosting
  • White jelly beans
  • Black decorators' gel
  • Watermelon slice candy
  • Brown M&M's Minis
  • Chocolate cookie
  1. Remove a piece of cake the width of an Almond Joy candy from the center of a baked cupcake. Set the candy upright in the hole, then spread a layer of white frosting on the cupcake.
  2. For the groundhog's eyes, trim the ends from a white jelly bean, stick them in place with frosting, then dot them with black decorators' gel. Add a tiny triangle cut from a watermelon slice candy for a nose, brown M&M's Minis for ears and cheeks, and a tiny rectangular piece of white jelly bean for teeth. Sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbs around the partially emerged groundhog, and he's ready to greet his fans.