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Swatting Hoax in Keyport
Monday, 20 April 2015
KEYPORT, NJ - An anonymous caller to Keyport Police at 1:37 p.m. Sunday afternoon stated that he had stabbed a female and was holding another person hostage at a residence.  The male caller said he would kill the hostages and any responding... Read More...
IMAGE Former Mayor Helen Marchetti Celebrates Her 90th With Flair
Monday, 20 April 2015
PHOTO: Helen Marchetti celebrates with friends at her 90th birthday party.  Photo courtesy Tracey Abby-White. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -  In her typical fashion and with her usual flair, former Mayor Helen Marchetti threw a party for herself... Read More...
Care One Care Center Honors Volunteers
Monday, 20 April 2015
Care One Center honors volunteers MIDDLETOWN, NJ – More than 50 volunteers and organizations were honored at the annual Volunteer Reception at the Care One Care Center on Route 36 at a gala wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Center Dining... Read More...
IMAGE Bayshore Pharmacy Among Top Three National Finalists
Monday, 20 April 2015
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Bayshore Pharmacy, the family owned business in the Foodtown Shopping Center on Route 36, is one of three top finalists in the country to be selected as the Pharmacy of the Year. The nomination and selection are made by the... Read More...
No Dunes or Beach Access Required for Monmouth County Beach Project
Saturday, 18 April 2015
TRENTON, NJ - The DEP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will launch two major coastal construction projects Friday for Cape May and Monmouth counties. The Monmouth County project will make improvements coastal protection structures in the area of... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Fish Hawks Make a Home in NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 20 April 2015
Come April, all life begins to stir, speed, shuffle, and move. It’s a time of resurrections and returns.  There is an urgent need for many... Read More...
IMAGE Review - While We're Young
by David Prown
Saturday, 18 April 2015
So I hadn't been to the movies in several weeks found a time slot and "While We're Young" filled the slot. I was not excited to see this Ben... Read More...
IMAGE Carolinian with Bipolar Disorder Had Success
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 18 April 2015
According to the National Institutes of Health, bipolar disorder (formerly manic-depressive illness) is a “brain disorder causing unusual shifts in... Read More...
IMAGE Return of the Brownshirts
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 17 April 2015
In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 17, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 17 April 2015
The second thing should do before starting a carjacking business is learn how to drive a stick: http://bit.ly/1H2BdkM What's worse than losing your... 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.

cupcake

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.