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==Page 2 The Valley Falls Vindicator July 11,2013 IB IIII BIIVB II by Jody G. Holthaus the inputs on a farm or ranch are Meadowlark Extension Agent purchased by set amounts, gallons of Livestock & Natural Resources fuel, pounds ofminera, etc. But when I Would never make it on one of we buy a "bale" of hay that is a very those cooking shows; my stuff is just vague term. The pounds of hay in a too inconsistent! Last week, I made bale is a function of size, density and cupcakes for a 50th birthday celebra- weathering. tion. The family samples were good Knowing the size of the bale is and looked good. Evidently, they were only part of the story. The density of a still too warm when I frosted them. bale- how much hayin each cubic foot, The next morning when I opened the can vary a lot. A 5-by-5 bale of coarse, container, they looked pretty sad. loose forage may actually weigh less The frosting was all over the bottom than a 4-by-5 bale of tightly packed of the container. Since it was David finer grass hay. The only way to know Key's 50th birthday, I decided some is to physically weigh some represen- sad cupcakes would be appropriate! tative bales. Inconsistent, that's a word for And another factor is time. Weights agriculture this year! Last year the taken soon after harvest don't mean season was two weeks ahead and very as much six months to a year later. little precipitation. This year, we are Various research trials have shown two weeks behind, plus the rains keep storage losses of 5 to 50 percent of the delaying work. Last year's hay crop original weight of hay bales, depend- was one half to one third of normal, ing on storage location, configuration this year it's tremendous. Not that and weather conditions. I'm complaining. Last year everyone Consider how much of the bale is wanted hay, this year is a different useable. On a six-foot bale, one third story, at least locally, of the hay is in the outer six inches. One of my pet peeves is the mar- On a five-foot bale, half of the hay is keting of hay. I could understand last in the outer eight inches. If there is year, when getting your hands on any a lot of weathering on the bales, and type, size or quality was a win! But bad enough that it is wasted (refused really, we need to start thinking about by cattle) then pricing it should be what we're really buying or selling, adjusted. Dr. Cathy Bandyk, a longtime The years may be incensistent, but friend of mine, wrote an article "Time making sure you are getting the most to Look at Hay Differently." And I for your dollars spent should be the couldn't agree with her more. All most consistent thing you do. Coon hunt at Valley Falls re- counted by outdoor writer Cole Compiled by Betty Jane Wilson, each of us pulled deeply to quench President, Valley Falls Historical our thirst. The rest, and possibly the Society cider, built up energy anew and away During February 1972, the editor we went. In a twinkling the hounds of the Valley Falls Vindicator received had 'treed' at the top of a steep bluff correspondence from a writer named alongside the creek. I fell a couple of Clelland Cole, who wrote: "I am a times. The hounds would be far and former resident of Valley Falls who then close. I thought of the cider. never lost my affection for the place. "Finally, we came upon the hounds, As those who remember me know, which were circling and bawling, but I hunted, fished, and trapped all moving no closer to their prey, which over that country and I spent every was centered in that circle. Ed, seeing possible moment along the river, that the hounds needed help, reached along the lesser streams, in the hills, in his pocket, pulled out a small .22 and fields -- all seasons of the year." pistol, and with his kerosene lantern Mr. Cole continued, explaining his lighting the way, walked right out education, experiences in field and into the circle, leaned over a tail- stream and offered to send several waving skunk, shot it in the head, and installments from his "Outdoors promptly stuffed it in the rear pocket in Kansas ' column, which he had of his hunting coat. I remembered the written for 30 years for a group of cider. Kansas newspapers. He added this "Since Ed's lantern was the only personal note: "I grew up around light available, I followed behind Valley Falls. H.D. Wyatt has been an him. Again the hounds cold-trailed extremely good friend of my family, endlessly. I thought of the cider. Willard Trimble and my brother grew "I smelled the skunk in Ed's coat up as almost pals, and Ray Glassel pocket. My knee boots gained weight and I were school mates." -- about nine tons. I was so sleepy, I Following is an example of the walked with my eyes closed. Finally, author's experiences -- I asked to rest and that was the only "Coon Hunt Fun in Valley Falls time I ever did that. I leaned against Area" by Clelland Cole. a corn shock and fell asleep. "Those of you who have lived in "Later, my dad brought from his Valley Falls for many years have pocket a couple of sandwiches. I ate heard the deep throated, perhaps one midst odor of skunk and memory mournful, melancholy cry of the of cider. I made it home somehow that coon hounds in the night. From the night. hills and hollows I know you have "Hardly had I reported to Miss heard them as they have bayed Hayes's English class next morning on cold trail or bellered in ringing at school before memory of that excitement as the chase heated and cider and reoccurring odor of skunk the quarry seemed close and closer. As combined. The world wheeled around a boy in Valley Falls, part of my coon and I ran home. I barely made it. I hunting was at night in the mystery was so sick I could barely raise my ofautumndarkness or the forbidding head all day. Skunk smell. Cider chill of oncoming winter, from the center of a barrel, which was "My dad had a barber shop in the partially frozen. Wettig Hotel building. I ran the shoe "If you ever enjoy feeling well, if shine stand. We usually had a coon you have any respect for your tummy, hound and a bird dog -- a pointer, at if you don't wish to turn inside out-- our home -- north part of town. We don't ever mix that sort of cider with usually joined forces with a particular skunk smell on a coon hunt." friend of mine, Ed Brown, who lived a block away to the west. The foUowingitemis a continuation "I must tell you about one from last week: particular coon hunt. It happened. "The dampness of a misty autumn Additional information has been evening suggested that tracking found regarding the Z Light and would be good. My dad closed his shop Power Company: early. I thumbed through pages of my Jan. 6, 1905: English book and pretended to have "A few months ago, we made my studies well in hand. I may have mention of J.A. Zimmerman and fooled my mother and perhaps I may George Harmon securing control not have. Bythe time I heard mydad of the electric light plan and the hurrying down the street past Dr. Piazzek Mill. Since that time, these Mann's residence, I was pulling on my gentlemen have spent much time and warmest clothes.Without a word from money in rebuilding and arranging my dad, we were ready in minutes, the light plant for service. Some new and over to Ed's place we went. machinery has been installed and a " 'Hot damn, this ought to be a large boiler is being put in so that goodun,' "observed Ed. the plant can be run regardless of the We piled the hounds into the back river. of the bed of Ed's Model T truck and "While they have made no active headed north and east, across the effort to have our citizens use electric river bridge, above Piazzek Dam, over lights, they have over 300 in use at the Newman Hill, towards the hills present and are putting on more and creek, every day. They are ready now to "The night was just right but take orders for wiring and lighting nothing worked. The mournful, business houses and residences. prolonged complaint of hounds cold "There is no light that beats trailing kept telling us of futile electric light and if you want good, phases. Finally, we came to a little steady light, and a cheap one, you house in the hills with an orchard will have the Z Light and Power Co. nearby. The bachelor resident came install a system of electric light in out, visited, and suggested we might your store or residence." like a sip of cider. There was a huge, The Valley Falls Historical Society huge barrel. Cold nights had frozen Museum willopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, the cider a bit, but into its innards July 13. there was a long tube and from it THE VALLEY FALLS I; It's time to take a look at that new tax policy wrinkle thought up by the Kansas Legislature last session. It bears the most benign name: Haircut. Amid the contraction of tax brackets from three to two done in 2012, and the lowering of those rates last year...there is this haircut business. What it means is that some of those deduc- tions we've all grown cozy with--say the portion of your mortgage payment that is interest on the loan or the property taxes you pay--are no longer a dollar- for-dollar reduction in your At The Rail taxable income. They get a haircut. by Martin Hawver The whole idea was that in 2012--remember, that was an election year for the House and Senate and most voters would rather read about a tax cut than stand by the curb and hope a politician tossed their kids hard candy--lawmakers gave away too much money in tax cuts. They gave away too much to suit the governor, and they gave away money that they never thought would actually make it into state law. It was just, well, too big for anyone to believe would actually happen. So, this year we got the haircut--that harmless, almost cute sounding little word--to fix things. What it means is that when you tat I Up alr the deductions you can claim on state indivi