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Here's the Church

The following is the fifth part of "The United Attawaugan Methodist Church 1870-1970 100th Anniversary", a history of the church produced by the members for the centennial anniversary. You'll read it here exactly as it was written then.

Early Days Of First Church At Attawaugan

Described by Horatio Brown of Putnam

Established in 1870 with Rev. Nelson Goodrich as the minister

Records Of Interest
Part One

On December 2, 1917 we held our service in the vestry, using our new stove, while the Attawaugan Co. was busy installing our first furnace, which was hot air. The following week, December 9, 1917, will certainly be recorded in our history*, this furnace took the place of the stove burning wood and coal. Much work was done, over the years by the Attawaugan Co., however the kitchen was added on by the Ladies Aid group a while later. During this period our pastor was Rev. William D. Woodward and Mr. Joseph Pray was Sunday School superintendent.

On September 4, 1921 we used our new individual communion sets, which were given to the church by the Epworth League of Ballouville and members of the church who were so kind to solicit. This was presented by Mr. Hector MacCarnell and received by Mr. Elmer C. Wood.

Mr. Clarence Truesdell passed away suddenly on March 20, 1923.

In 1922 the Epworth League of Ballouville gave two pulpit chairs** to our church.

On Sunday, January 15, 1922, the new mill superintendent, Mr. Kinder, attended church with his wife and daughter, Thelma. Their son was away at school.

On April 6, 1925, Mr. Walter Frissell passed away after going through surgery in Worcester Hospital; Mrs. Frissell gave two collection plates to out church in his memory.

July 3, 1928 was the last Sunday of the old wood steps. The Primary class posed for the last time, but little did they know that the old wood steps and the good old side rails on which they often sat, would soon be gone. On July 8, 1928, the cement steps out front were completed. A cement walk was ready for use on October 15, 1929. The price of these improvements was paid by the mill company and W.P.A., each paying half.

* I guess he was correct.
** These chairs are still in the attic, and only need to be re-covered.

Next issue: Records Of Interest Part Two

Look for part six in the next issue

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Here's The Steeple

This will eventually be a pictorial study of steeples, bell towers, and other architectural curiosities.

This Issue:

The "Dungeon" of the United Methodist Church of Attawaugan

(My House)

The stairs down to the dungeon. You can almost see Grandpa Munster coming up out of the swirling fog.

That's a live root growing out of the floor. This section, beneath the kitchen and dining room, was added early this century. It was dug out to allow installation of a forced hot air furnace in the fifties.

The old band room foundation was cut through to connect the two small sections of cellar.

Very neat wire runs, made by an electrician, no longer living, who was the husband of one of my neighbors. She seemed pleased to know how neat and carefully installed I thought the wiring was. She said people still call when they find the card he always stapled near the circuit panel.

The plumbing under the kitchen and bathroom. Fragments of the original iron piping are lying around everywhere.

One hundred and thirty years of crud. What a great dungeon.

A stone piling used to support the center of a large beam holding up the floor joists. The beam was heavily damaged by termites and post beetles, but has been repaired.

The hot side of the new furnace, showing the adapter connecting the new furnace to the old ductwork.

The cold air return side of the furnace. 30x30 inch ductwork stepped down to 20x18 inches.

The old boiler, last inspected and certified in 1980. 5000 lbs of iron and asbestos that sucks oil like a steam ship. Will it ever boil again, hopefully not.

Another stone column under the shop, holding up another post beetle damaged beam. It takes a lot of beetle damage to weaken an oak 10x10.

An old oil tank and an ancient oil burner, one of the first "automatic" furnace burners. A greasy old museum piece perhaps.

A slightly newer burner still mounted on the boiler. This one is only 40 years old or so.

This is some serious, possibly active, post beetle damage. The beetles penetrate wood at a rate of one quarter inch in twenty years. A ten inch thick post could take 400 years to be completely eaten. Time to act now!!!

One of the coal bins under the shop. This one may not be the original. A set of stairs-to-nowhere in the front section of the dungeon leads to what appears to be an older coal bin. Possibly for a small stove located in the forward section of the church, in the library, or Sunday school rooms. The hatch to the original stairs was covered with oak flooring. There seems to be a cache of interesting refuse in the forward coal bin that needs to be investigated in the future. Some interesting finds in the dungeon include a stash of empty whiskey flasks and some old signs from early fund raising dinners.

A stack of concrete blocks used in the floor leveling process. Easier to leave them here then haul them back to the surface.

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Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen Online Index available.

Serving Soup to Nuts for... oh... a couple of weeks now anyway.

Baked Mushrooms

A great side dish to serve when the oven is in use any way. Good with a rib roast, Filet Mignon or stuffed flank steak.

> Mushrooms, white, at least two 8 oz packages. > Olive oil
> Salt


> Slice the larger shrooms in half, or quarters.
> Put in a baking dish and coat thoroughly with olive oil.
> Season with salt and pepper.
> Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for an hour or more, until done as you desire.
> Drain and serve. Note: melted butter over the top is very good when serving. They will get dark and shrink a lot. Don't worry.


> You guessed right again, add bacon, fried but not crisp, drained and chopped, to the baking dish.

Beets and Onions and Olives

A nice "salad" served warm or cold.

> 2-3 pounds fresh or canned beets, sliced.
> 1-2 cans large black pitted olives.
> 1-2 large red onions, peeled, halved and sliced.
> Olive oil.
> Fresh ground black pepper.


> Place the sliced beets in a large bowl.
> Add the sliced onion and olives.
> Grind plenty of black pepper over all.
> Add olive oil while mixing gently until the desired consistency is reached.
> Refrigerate until serving if cold or microwave gently to warm.


> You betcha, add bacon, fried crisp, drained and chopped, as a garnish.

Rotel Dip
by Deb Acker

Ya gotta make this one. This works very well over baked potatoes, or mix with cooked macaroni and bake for a bit until browned on top. Try it on Cauliflower or Broccoli, or mix it with cooked rice and stuff in green peppers before baking.

> 2 pounds pasteurized process cheese spread (Velveeta, the big block), cubed.
> 1 can (10 oz) RO*TEL Tomatoes and Green Chilies.
> 1 pound ground beef or 1 pound sausage or 1/2 and 1/2.


> Brown meat, drain, and set aside.
> In crock pot or double boiler combine RO*TEL and cubed cheese.
> Stir until cheese spread is melted.
> Cheese may also be melted in a microwave and added to the RO*TEL to speed the process.
> Stir meat into this mixture. Stir occasionally until hot.
> Serve with tortilla chips (Tostidos work well, and come in a BIG bag, which you'll need when you taste this).
> Makes about 1 quart.


> Put bacon in this? Are you nuts?

Cabbage Salad (No not coleslaw)

A great salad to have as a main dish with soup, wine and bread, or when you need a salad to stand up to robust main dishes. This also works well as a picnic salad. Notice: No bacon.
Ingredients - Salad

> 1 small head of green cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced.
> 6-8 hard boiled eggs peeled and quartered length wise.
> 1 can large pitted olives, halved.
> 1 Half pound of good salami, not too firm, not sliced too thin, cut into strips.
> Fresh ground black pepper.

Ingredients - Dressing

> 1 cup olive oil.
> 1-6 cloves of garlic, pressed.
> 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice.
> 4 egg yolks.
> Black or white pepper, finely ground. Optional: Cayenne.

How - Salad

> Put a 3/4 inch layer of cabbage on the bottom of a large bowl.
> Lay strips of Salami over the cabbage.
> Arrange hard boiled egg quarters and sliced olives over the salami.
> Repeat this until you end with salami, eggs and olives on top.
> Serve with your choice of dressing. Caesar Salad dressing works well, or use the recipe here.

How - Dressing

> Mix egg yolks and garlic in a bowl.
> Whisk in olive oil slowly. Keep whisking until the dressing starts to thicken.
> Stir in lemon juice and pepper. May be refrigerated before serving.
> This is really a basic Aloi sauce, a kind of garlic mayonnaise.

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Places to Eat
(Besides your own Dangerous Kitchen)

A buffet you can't believe at the Nordic Lodge.
All you can eat lobster, and everything else for that matter.

Another great buffet at the Foxwoods casino, out in the woods just south of here.

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Piper News

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What is a Sandpiper?
First published in Piper number 22, April 12, 1999

Sandpiper, common name applied to a family of about 80 species of shorebirds, and to several of the individual species. Sandpipers are mainly native to the cold regions of the northern hemisphere; they migrate to more temperate regions in the fall. Most inhabit seashores, although some species are found on marshes and wet woodlands and on inland ponds, lakes, and rivers.

Several groups of sandpipers are discussed in entries in this encyclopedia under their own common names (see CURLEW; DOWITCHER; SNIPE; WOODCOCK). Other groups or individual species that have their own common names include the knots, dunlin, ruff, sanderling, willet, godwits, tattlers, phalaropes, and turnstones. Members of the sandpiper family are characterized by long bills that are sometimes soft at the tip and by long legs, short tails, and long, flat, pointed wings, except in woodcocks, which have rounded wings. Among the birds usually called sandpipers are the smallest of the family, ranging from 13 to 29 cm (5 to 11.5 in). Many of these are called stints in England and peeps by American bird-watchers.

Bright colors are absent in the sandpiper family; all wear various combinations of gray, brown, buff, black, and white-often in intricate patterns. In some species, such as the willet of North America and the common redshank of Eurasia, a flashy white wing pattern is revealed only when the birds take flight. The ruddy turnstone, a circumpolar species, has a particularly striking pattern of buff, black and white. Many species have elaborate courtship displays, some aerial and others in which the male struts and dances before the female. In some the song of the male is as attractive as that of many songbirds, but it is given only on the nesting grounds, which for most of these is the far northern tundra. Most sandpipers nest in shallow depressions on the ground, but the solitary sandpiper of North America and the similar green sandpiper of Eurasia use old nests of other birds in trees.

The sandpipers most frequently seen away from shorelines are the spotted sandpiper of North America, whose white under parts bear black spots only in spring and summer, and the common sandpiper of Eurasia, which looks much like the former species in its unspotted plumage. The spotted sandpiper is about 19 cm (about 7.5 in) long; the longer tail of the common sandpiper adds about another centimeter. Both species are often seen near small ponds and streams, teetering up and down whether walking or standing. On sandy beaches the most common sandpiper is the sanderling, which is whitish gray in fall and winter and reddish brown above in spring; this is the little bird so often seen in flocks along the water's edge. It is the only sandpiper that lacks a hind toe. Smallest of the family at as little as 13 cm (5 in) long is the least sandpiper, a widely distributed American species, found both on seashores and inland. The abundant semipalmated sandpiper is slightly larger and owes its name to the partial webs between the toes, lacking in most sandpipers. Both of these species often occur in mixed flocks with other sandpipers on migration.

Scientific classification: Sandpipers make up the family Scolopacidae in the order Charadriiformes. The birds called stints in England and peeps in the United States belong to the genus Calidris. The willet is classified as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, the common redshank as Tringa totanus, the ruddy turnstone as Arenaria interpres, the solitary sandpiper as Tringa solitaria and the green sandpiper as Tringa ochropus. The spotted sandpiper is classified as Actitis macularia, the common sandpiper as Actitis hypoleucos, the sanderling as Calidris alba, the least sandpiper as Calidris minutilla, and the semipalmated sandpiper as Caladris pusilla.

"Sandpiper," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

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The outline of an outhouse.

Let's add a little land for it to sit on.

Some green grass to cover the planet.

Let's make the image a little taller and add some side walls.

Shingles for the roof and a half moon for the door.

A little better moon.

Planks for siding.

A little larger all around (room for a border), and some clouds.

Let's try even a little larger, hold the clouds for a bit.

Clouds, sky and better grass.

Some "Piper" green background and we're almost ready to roll.

A well traveled dirt trail.

Finally, a chimney. What would ya be burnin' in there anyway?

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