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Nearly a Half-Billion in USDOT Grants for NJ Sandy Recovery, Resilience
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Menendez, Booker, Pallone, Pascrell, Sires, Payne Announce Nearly a Half-Billion in USDOT Grants for NJ Sandy Recovery, Resilience WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Congressmen Frank Pallone (N.J.-06), Bill... Read More...
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Meet the author at Barnes and Noble, Commons at Holmdel, 2134 Rte 35, Holmdel on Saturday, March 14 from 12-2 p.m. History is everywhere along the New Jersey Shore, from the lighthouses that dot the coast to the Victorian grandeur of Cape May. Less... Read More...
Ocean Avenue School Celebrates Reading with Fun Staff Video
Monday, 02 March 2015
Featuring teachers and staff dancing and singing to a remake of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The staff at Ocean Avenue Elementary School created a fun, friendly video in honor of Read Across America Day to encourage students... Read More...
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Monday, 02 March 2015
PHOTO: County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III remind residents that the spring and fall time changes are perfect reminders to test this equipment and, if your detectors are battery operated, you should change the batteries as well. Semi-annual... Read More...
County Health Department to Offer Cancer Screenings
Monday, 02 March 2015
Cancer screenings and mammogram clinics offered through December FREEHOLD, NJ – Preventative care is essential to maintaining good health. To promote preventative measures, the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is offering several cancer... Read More...

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by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 02 March 2015
Brrrrrrrr. No doubt this was a cold winter season. Just how cold? February officially made it into the record books as the coldest February in... Read More...
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by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 01 March 2015
Last week, I featured long-time journalist and disability advocate Finn Bullers of Kansas City, Kansas. I'm now featuring him again because of the... Read More...
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by Jack Archibald
Sunday, 01 March 2015
If last weekend was any indication, the Monmouth County Republican Party is in very good shape. In the dead of winter, the Monmouth GOP held two... Read More...
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by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Our Monmouth County neighbor Mr. Brian Williams from NBC was suspended for telling a story about his time in Iraq that was not completely... Read More...
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by Tom Brennan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Are you on you phone reading this eating a free sample at Whole Foods now?Then you may run into one of these people: http://bit.ly/1aiquX5 First... 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.