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Here's The Church

The following is the eighth and final 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

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     March 1948, Robert Clark, janitor informed us that the 1938 furnace was worn out, so we decided to close the church until Jun 1, 1948 when our new minister was scheduled to start preaching here. Mr. MacCallum was Baptist and he came from East Killingly, so he stayed in Miss Shelton's Cottage while he was with the Attawaugan Church.

      The mill company ordered and paid for our new automatic furnace which arrived July 1, 1948. Joseph Hart brought it from the freight house in Dayville. Mr. Harry Greenhalph installed it, and it was ready for use September or October 1948. The church members and friends contributed for the oil burners for this furnace.


Rev. John MacCallum came to us from the Baptist Church in East Killingly to share our services.


Pastor Fredrickson:

Painted inside and outside of church. Sanded and vanished floors in sanctuary and vestry.


Pastor David Hill:

Men's Club was formed April 8, 1957. A new lectern was made by Charles Gunderson, and given to the church.


Pastor William Jones:

The men's Methodist Club put new cement steps and iron rails out front. We got a new Hammond organ costing $1,150.


Pastor Kenneth Post:

Mervin Whipple and the Methodist Men's Club put in a modern kitchen and lavatory (both still in use). Two electric stoves (one still in use every day) were bought for the kitchen. A new water line and cesspool was put in. They closed in and cemented the old bulkhead, replacing it with an inside entrance to the cellar. Mr. Elmer C. Wood and Mrs. Eleanor MacLennan left the church a sum of money, with this the pulpit was remodeled, opening the railing in the center, putting a large cross in the arch, new red carpet, new drapes, curtains for the choir rails, six new folding tables. Shrubs were planted out front in memory of Mr. Roscoe Chase.


Pastor Maxie Delaney:

The outside of the church was painted also hall entrance and two front rooms.

      On May 8, 1934, the funeral of Rev. Lowry MacLennan was held at the Methodist Church in Attawaugan, where he had been pastor. Rev. G. W. Scrivener, district supervisor officiated.

      Pews were installed in 1964.

The End

This completes the eight part series

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Here's The Steeple

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

This Issue:

A beautiful church building turned pizza place and deli.

Located in Tivoli New York.

Stained Glass Window

A beautiful stained glass window in an old church building on the main road in Tivoli New York. This window, in the front of the building is close to 16 feet tall, and appears to be in perfect condition.

A nice arched set of double doors complete with some peeling paint but otherwise in good condition. I bet you'd get a great echo from a huge door knocker on these babies. Front Door

Tower Windows

Some narrow stained glass windows at the base of the bell tower. The arched opening above may have been another window in the past. I couldn't get close enough to see if the stone work was original.

A sign near the front door warns of falling roof slates. Bell towers seldom receive the attention and care that they need. This one seems in excellent shape compared with the rest of the building. Usually the tower is the first thing to go. Bell Tower Roof

Side Wall

Looking down the side of the building, the only thing that gives away the pizza ovens is the vent sticking out through an opening made in one of the windows. This is a very nice example of mildly Gothic style church architecture. Nice building, not a bad location, terrible place for pizza and a deli.

This shot of the side windows reveals some serious brick deterioration. It's doubtful that anyone would take the time to replace the damaged brick properly and repoint them. The roof is in better shape than mine though. The original must have been slate as well. It's always a shame to see those replaced with asphalt or fiberglass shingles. Close-up of window

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


(Chicken With S**t Loads Of Garlic)

This sounds strange but is so good you can't believe it. You don't have to love garlic either but it helps.


> For 4 or 6 people use 5 or six pounds of chicken thighs or leg quarters, skin on.
> Olive oil.
> 1 to 2 dozen white boiling onions, on the large size, peeled.
> 6 or 8 stalks of celery, cut into 3 inch lengths, then 1/4 inch sticks.
> 6 or 8 heads, yes whole heads of garlic, separated, trimmed and peeled.
> Handful of fresh tarragon.
> Fresh ground black pepper.
> Loaf of fresh Black Forest Bread.
> Butter.


> Rub the chicken well with olive oil and place in a deep baking dish.
> Spread the garlic cloves, celery, onions and tarragon over the chicken.
> Drip more olive oil over the vegetables and chicken, not too much though.
> Grind some black pepper over all.
> Bake at 350 for at least an hour, until the onions are soft and the garlic is mushy.
> Serve with lots of bread and butter and Ice cold white wine. JRs or a Mosel is nice.

  Hint: Spread butter on the bread and then garlic cloves on the butter.

"The Collins Brown Sugar Pie"
(a.k.a. Buzz Pie)
By Howard Collins


> Pillsbury Pie Crust
> 1/2 stick butter
> 4 large eggs
> 1 tsp. vanilla extract
> 1 lb. box brown sugar (light)
> pinch of salt (to taste)
> 9 in. pie pan


> Preheat oven to 350 degrees
> Allow butter to substantially soften at room temperature
> Mix butter, eggs, vanilla extract, brown sugar and salt in a blender or mixer.
  (A blender yields a smooth, creamier pie whereas a mixer will yield a
  pie with more texture - taste of the baker shall dictate.)
> Allow pie crust to acclimate to room temperature.
> Place pie crust in the pie pan, lightly greased with shortening - Pam is an
  excellent alternative.
> Trim away excess crust from rim of pie pan.
> Add all ingredients, well mixed, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
> Remove from oven and allow to cool and settle for at least one half hour,
  in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
> May be served with any topping, including whipped cream or Cool Whip.
> Graze.

Howard's Macaroni Salad With Tuna
By Howard Collins


> 1 lb. box No. 35 elbow macaroni
> 16 oz. jar Miracle Whip, mayonnaise, or suitable option.
> Two 6 oz. cans Solid White Tuna in water
> Celery
> 1 large onion
> Salt


> Cook elbow macaroni per box instructions - do NOT over cook
> Drain tuna and crumble finely
> Finely dice 3 or 4 celery stalks
> Finely dice three 3/16" thick center slices of onion.
> Drain macaroni well and rinse thoroughly in cool water
> Mix all ingredients well in large mixing bowl
> Substantially cool in refrigerator before serving.

Portuguese Clam Boil
Serves 20
First described by Jeanie Baldino in Providence Rhode Island
Refined here through years of dedicated experimentation


> 2 12 oz beers, dark is fine.
> 3 cups white wine.
> 1 pound Chourico sausage cut in 3/4 inch pieces.
> 1 pound Linguica sausage cut in 3/4 inch pieces.
> 6 to 8 Onions, peeled and quartered, or whole.
> A whole bunch of Celery, trimmed and cut in two inch pieces.
> 10 to 12 Red Bliss Potatoes, quartered.
> 4 to 6 Sweet Potatoes, cut in chunks.
> 4 dozen hard shell Clams, scrubbed and rinsed.
> 8 ears of Corn, shucked and broken into 2 inch pieces.
> 1 bunch of Parsley, rinsed and chopped.
> 1 to 2 lbs of Shrimp, unpeeled.
> 1 stick of butter.
> 2 Lb Steamers.
> Optional: A pound or three of misc. shellfish: Mussels, steamers, crabs, lobsters.


> Put the beer, Onions, Celery and sausage in the pot.
> Cover and heat on high heat until boiling, simmer for 10 minutes.
> Add Potatoes, recover and simmer 5 or ten minutes.
> Watch the liquid level. Add more wine, beer or clam broth (real no bottled) if needed.
> For the pros, if you almost boil it dry with the Onions and beer,
  until the onions caramelize and the sausage browns, and then
  deglaze the pot with white wine and add more beer,
  the flavor can be greatly enhanced.
> Put in the Sweet Potatoes and simmer 5 minutes.
> Add the Clams and Corn, cover and grab the pot with pot holders and shake up and down.
  This mixes the ingredients with the broth.
> Simmer until the clams start to open, don't look too often.
> In a bowl, mix the butter, wine, Shrimp, and Parsley.
> Dump the bowl of ingredients into the pot, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
> Serve right away, or let it stand a while to blend the flavors more.
> Serve with good bread and butter, and cold beer or white wine.

Clams On Ice

Clams on ice. Sounds like some kind of skating show.

This doesn't take long to prepare, get the table set and have a beer and some roasters.

Table Set

Onions And Beer

Beer and onions in the pot. 40 quart or larger.

The Chourico and Linguica, rinsed and ready for cutting up.

Chorizo And Linguica


Use about this much celery.

Put the beer, onion, sausage and celery in the pot.

Pot ready to go on

The burner on the porch

This is a great dish to make outside on a large gas burner such as a brinkman, or in this case, a Jacuzzi. Even with the high winds on this stormy night, the Jacuzzi has the power to boil gallons of stuff without a problem.

A quick beach run while the first ingredients come to a boil. Nasty stormy night.

The Perfect Storm

Sweet Potatoes

This amount of sweet potatoes should be enough. These go in towards the end so they don't over cook.

Red Bliss potatoes work well, or use two pounds of new potatoes or Yukon Golds. Not peeling them is fine.


Clams On Ice

Three to six dozen clams should be fine depending on how many people and what other shellfish are used. Larger clams are OK because they cook in the broth until they're tender.

Corn is one of everyone's favorite ingredients. Allow up to two ears per person, broken into two inch pieces. The corn goes in with the clams. Best not to over cook it.



Shrimp make a nice addition. Leave them in their shells for everyone to peel as they're eating. Other shellfish work well also. Try Crabs, Mussels, Steamers and even Lobsters. We tried Scallops once but they were lost in the sauce so to speak.

For convenience, put the butter, any Clam broth you may have, wine and Parsley in a bowl to be dumped in together.

Final Ingredients

Final Ingredients Plus Shrimp

Might as well put the shrimp in also, these ingredients all go in at the same time. The Parsley, butter and wine help turn the broth into a bit of a light sauce.

Retha Rosa and Evelyn Sadankas chatting between appetizers and dinner.

Retha And Evelyn

Howard And Edward

Edward Sadankas and Howard Collins, frequent contributor to the Piper and provider of two of this weeks recipes, wait patiently for the big pot to come in off the porch and out of the storm.

Dinner is served. From left to right: Ruth Sadankas, Bonnie Browne, Evelyn Sadankas, Bill Johnson, Edward Sadankas, Ed Green (Hat on), and Howard Collins. If you turned the lights off you could see the sparks flying off the knives and forks. The key is to time the meal so everyone is starving.

Dinner Is Served

The Big Pot

The big pot on the table. It's very satisfying to reach into a big pot up to your shoulder and ladle out a big plate-o-food.

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Try PumpKorn, spiced toasted pumpkin seeds made by a company with a sense of humor.

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Get recipes and information about Kikkoman soy sauce.

Visit the Oop Juice Website. This is good local stuff.

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This is the home of the One-Legged Sandpiper. It's set up on the dining room table of the "Nomad 33" and is sporting a new backup tape drive.

The tape drive is a new Sony Super Station, one of the best performing, lowest priced tape drives I've seen. It can be used in place of another drive as well with the software included. Good software interface from Seagate for on the spot backups and restores as well but the scheduler can hang up the drive if a scheduled backup does not complete properly. The software creates emergency boot disks as well that can recover your entire system easily in the event of a complete hard drive failure. The best protection available for $150.00.

Due to a recent rash of virus related problems, it seemed prudent to add Norton's anti-virus software to backup the Iris Anti-Virus Active Monitor, just in case.

Last but not least is a Blackout Buster UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) from PK Electronics. This provides around 10 minutes of power for most systems from a battery. The unit has 3 non backup, and 4 backup outlets. It also provides lightning and surge protection for your data line and has monitoring software that checks the power situation as often as you'd like and can shut down your computer after a predetermined period of time.

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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, rufous, 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 rufous, 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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