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Three days of car crushing fun arrive at Cedar Rapids during the month of October.

Mega Monster Trucks Live brings the Monster Trucks Monsters to the Alliant Energy Powerhouse Arena in Cedar Rapids for four shows over three days in mid-October. There is a show on Friday October 15th at 7pm; two shows on Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. a show on Sunday October 17 at 2 p.m. And we give you the chance to win a pack of 4 free tickets!

Called America’s most exhilarating Monster Truck experience, Mega Monster Trucks Live calls the 2021 edition the “Destruction Tour”. Not only do they promise gigantic monster truck stunts, but Mega Monster Trucks Live also features obstacle courses, MONOwheel, and motocross jumps that are sure to give you a hard time.

The MEGA Pit Party starts 90 minutes before each show. This allows you and the children to meet the drivers and see the trucks up close. You can even take a ride in the Mega Monster Bus (yes, a monster truck that looks like a school bus). Who knows, it might get your kids excited about operating the school bus. There is also makeup and inflatables.

Each adult ticket purchase entitles you to one free child ticket for the show you are attending. You can buy tickets for Cedar Rapids shows here. Use the code FREEPASS and proceed to checkout to get a free child ticket added to the cart.

We are also offering a 4-ticket pack for one of the Saturday shows. Enter to win below. Good luck!

The cast of “Friends”: yesterday and today

Popular childish stars of each year

Below, Stacker Sifted through movie databases, movie stories, celebrity bios, and digital archives to compile this list of popular pint-sized actors from 1919-2021.
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Before combines, peanut sticks were a staple of the trade – Smithfield Times Tue, 21 Sep 2021 21:52:17 +0000

The recent Copperheads column came to my mind when I thought about writing this one. These are peanut poles or peanut sticks.

In the 1950s, each farm had a collection. They were a precious commodity, stored in a shed where they were carefully protected from the elements. That’s what reminded me of the Copperheads. We rarely got sticks of peanuts out of the shed without finding at least one of the little vipers under the heap where he was watching for mice.

Growing peanuts has been an evolving agricultural practice since it became financially viable in the late 1800s.

Farmers were constantly trying to improve yields by saving their best peanuts as seeds for the coming year.

Meanwhile, agricultural equipment makers were looking for better ways to plant, grow, and harvest peanuts.

The peanut digger, first pulled by a horse and then pulled by a tractor, has probably evolved less than most of the equipment used in peanut cultivation. The makers of the first peanut extractors understood the principles pretty well, and then it was time to refine them.

The Ayers peanut planter was a giant leap forward, allowing a farmer to mechanically plant acre after acre of peanuts with one power then a tractor, rather than one peanut at a time with a punch stick.

And the really big breakthrough was the stationary peanut picker, which was digging the peanuts out of the vineyard, replacing large groups of people who were sitting in a field and picking the peanuts from the vines by hand.

Throughout this period, until the advent of the peanut combine and drying trailer, the only constant was the peanut stick.

Once dug, the peanut vines and the peanuts they contained had to be dried or they would rot quickly. Peanut sticks were seven-foot poles that were originally made on the farm from young deciduous trees. The bark would be torn off and “cleats” nailed to the bottom of the posts to keep the peanut vines off the ground. After World War II, farmers typically bought peanut sticks from sawmills, which tore white oak into 2-inch square stakes and milled the ends into a sharp point.

Peanut sticks were placed in holes in the ground in what were called shock rows. The sticks were then tamped securely into place with a stick (often the one that could have been used years earlier for planting peanuts).

Then the rows on either side of the shock row were hollowed out and the vines were shaken by hand using small pitch forks to remove loose dirt that had been dug up with them. Then the “shockers”, which were generally taller and stronger than the “shakers”, lifted piles of vines above their heads and slid them over the peanut sticks, creating a vines shock.

These shocks, tightly packed and rounded on top to keep rain out, would be left on the ground to air dry. The shocks would then be removed from the ground using a shock cart and transported to a peanut collector for the final goober harvest.

The peanuts were sold, the peanut vines kept for food and / or bedding, and the peanut sticks would be carefully stored for use next year.

Peanut combines, which allowed peanuts to be harvested directly from the swath rows after they were dug out and left to partially dry, revolutionized the peanut harvesting cycle. After the combines have done their job, the partially dried peanuts are placed in drying trailers where the hot, dry air precisely dries the peanuts to the desired humidity level.

Peanut sticks became redundant once combines were introduced, but for years you could still find a collection of them under a shed, abandoned and generally forgotten.

In recent years, hobbyists have used old peanut poles to make the stripes of a wooden American flag, a beautiful tribute to a uniquely American agricultural tool.

How many rows?

I don’t know how many rows of peanuts were placed in a “shock row”, but I remember there were about 12 of them with the 13th being the “shock row”. But it could also have been 10.

Unsure, I called Herb Jones, a retired extension worker, as well as a longtime friend and source for all things agriculture. This call led to a pleasant exchange between the older county farmers.

Herb, unsure of the answer, called a farmer who remembered those days and asked him. He wasn’t sure either, even though 12 rows seemed right. He suggested that Herb call another farmer, who also thought “maybe” 12 was correct, but suggested he call a third. He did, and the third farmer said:

“You know who to call – John Edwards. He will know. And this is often the case when the old people are trying to remember details about things that happened over 60 years ago. The subject just goes round and round.

John Edwards is editor emeritus of the Smithfield Times. His email address is

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Sweet Success: Award-Winning NC Syrup Farm Modernizes a Generation-Old Method | New Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Comparatively speaking, this year’s operation is something closer to the space shuttle program.

This mill is now propelled by a tractor. The juice extracted from the plants passes through a vinyl tube that leads to a metal shed, which the Willises built this year to house their cooking and bottling operation.

“(Last year) the compression part was about the same, but it was all under a shed. We had a dirt floor,” said Rodney Willis. “Now we have a concrete floor. We’re totally enclosed. We have screens everywhere to keep insects out, hot water to clean up and it’s ventilated.”

Willis said the building was constructed so that his farm could be open to food safety inspections. Being able to pass them allows Willis Farms to sell its products at the largest farmers’ markets in the region.

“All of my piping and anything related to the juice has to be food grade material. This is something I had to learn as I went along,” he said. “I was using PVC pipe like a lot of people. It’s made for water, but not for food. So I got the vinyl tubing which is rated for food.”

Last year Willis Farms placed second in a national competition for sorghum syrup makers. They hope to improve their efforts this year.

“So far, the results have been good,” said Lynn Willis, who helps juice a preheated pan and bottles the final product. “Each step of the process is to remove impurities from the plant. We try to improve everything.”

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Critique of the Silence of the Girls Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:00:00 +0000

My first reaction to the idea that someone would try to retell the story of The Illiad seemed like a reckless enterprise – one doomed to fail because it seemed too difficult and a gigantic task, but in the early chapters I could see Pat Barker’s skill in telling the story of the Illiad to a modern context. The values, emotions and characters are as relevant today as they were during the Trojan War which is portrayed in the ancient text.

The story is meant to be about Briseis, a Queen of Troy, and the Women of War who went unnoticed and were seen as pawns in the war game. Their story is successfully told, but the character who stands out as the most fascinating, complex, powerful and larger than life is Achilles. The first line of the story describes him as “brilliant”, “brilliant” and “godlike”, but narrator Briseis also calls him a “butcher.” The first sentence makes us think: it’s all about perspective; a war hero causing the greatest number of deaths to his enemies is a butcher for them, but a divine hero for the side for which he is fighting. In a single day he could kill sixty men with his sword or spear. Briseis watched him kill his brothers, and then she had to line up with other Trojan women to be distributed as spoils of war among the Greek men. She declares in a neutral tone that she has been “chosen” by Achilles. Her silence and the silence of girls like her is the title of the book.

As Achilles’ mate, we only expected her to be there. She found comfort in her friend Patroclus who was sensitive to her plight. If there was ever someone Achilles had deep feelings for, it was for Patroclus and there are clues in his narration that their friendship bordered on even obsession. Psychoanalysts call it “a platonic warrior bond”. Achilles was only human in company with Patroclus and yet when it came to the crisis he allowed Patroclus to don his armor and go into battle despite the high risk of facing Hector, the greatest Trojan warrior. He preferred to risk Patroclus’s life than to buckle down and fight for the Greeks because he was furious with Agamemnon. His ego, his pride and his hatred made him blind for all reason.

Yet Patroclus’ death shattered him. He was like a furious, bloodthirsty lion determined to avenge the death of Patroclus. He puts aside his anger against Agamemnon and decides to fight again with the sole purpose of killing Hector. In his blind rage, we’re grateful that he wasn’t foolish enough to think he could fight Hector without some magical armor from his mother, a sea goddess.

What makes this part of the book sensational are Achilles’ uncontrolled, obsessive emotions and actions. He attaches Hector’s body to his chariot and drags him around the city for several days until his body is mutilated to the point of becoming unrecognizable. No one dared to stop him as his divine fury was unleashed. And Patroclus was dead. His mood swings oscillated between rage and depression. He wanted proper funeral rites for Patroclus and at his stake he had to have a more than adequate sacrifice. He ordered that the urn containing the bones of Patroclus be large enough to contain his own bones after his death.

Descriptions of Achilles’ psyche, obsession, and unnatural feelings contrast sharply with a complete lack of emotion or complete disregard for Briseis or any other woman except her mother, the goddess of the Thetis Sea. He would walk on the beach at night with Patroclus, but mostly walk alone to meet his mother who would swim towards him to bring him love and encouragement and finally the armor he so badly needed.

Another human gesture on his part was when Priam, Hector’s father came to Achilles and begged him to return Hector’s body for the proper funeral rites. The scene of Priam leaning in front of Achilles and saying “I do what no man before me has ever done, I kiss the hands of the man who killed my son” pierces our hearts and we wring our hands. anticipation. Fortunately, Achilles’ sense of decency and honor compels him to wash and cleanse Hector’s mutilated body before returning it.

I can’t get enough of the complexity of Achilles’ character. Do we love Achilles? Do we hate him? The answer is we admire him as a mighty warrior, but through him we also know the cost of cruelty, arrogance and pride.

The next character who seduced me is Patroclus; a devoted friend, philosopher and guide to Achilles and all the others. He made Briseis’ life bearable. His submission to Achilles is infuriating at times, but for him, the hierarchy should never be violated. When duty to his country called him, he bravely donned Achilles’ armor and faced the mighty Hector.

Some aspects of the book are informative.

Funeral rites: If one is refused funeral rites, one cannot enter Hades and is doomed to haunt the living for eternity. The body must be cremated before sunset the day after death. The fire purifies the soul. The ashes are kept in an urn and buried in a tomb. Briseis mentions that mirrors are a threshold between our world and the world of the dead. This is why they are kept covered between a death and a cremation.

Funeral rites also include the funeral feast and funeral games. The games honor the dead and calm the spirits of those who have died. Funeral games include the discus and javelin throwing, wrestling, and chariot racing that modern filmmakers love to portray.

The worst ritual was the sacrifice of a young virgin at the grave of the deceased. In The silence of the girls, Polyxena, the youngest daughter of Queen Hecube, has been literally slaughtered in the public eye. Before dying, Polyxena consoled her mother by saying: “It is better to die on Achilles’ mound than to live to be a slave. And this statement really sums up the plight of women in a heroic world.

Captured Women: They lived as slaves among their captors and had to visit their captors’ huts at night when summoned. Their chores included cleaning, grinding herbs, pouring libations to their masters, and serving them at all times. However, even slaves had their own hierarchy. The kitchen slave was on the bottom rung of the ladder. Becoming a lord’s concubine was an elevation in status. Sometimes the slave’s mistress, no more useful to her lord, was seen foraging around the fires for food. All that mattered to a woman was youth, beauty and fertility.

The Roles of Gods, Goddesses, and Fate: The book’s ultimate fascination lies in their influence on the characters. One reviewer wrote that the gods were meaner and more vindictive than humans. But they are also there to intervene for good causes… to win a battle or to punish a king like Agamemnon for not having returned Chryseis to his father, the priest of Apollo. Chrysies had to be returned because Apollo sent the plague to punish Agamemnon for insulting his priest. With the return of Chryseis, the sacrifice of a hundred bulls was obligatory. With the influence of deities, fate brought the inevitability of events and death.

The book is easy to read. In some parts the writer uses foul words, but this is intentional to express how humiliated a woman is when she is a war trophy.

We can almost hear the shock of the sword on the steel and see the reflection of the sun on the steel blades. The skill of the writer also allows us to see and hear the blood from the guts spill out and the blood squirt. In the battle scenes, Pat Barker manages to create the glory of the mighty Achilles with his fearsome battle cry, killing by the hundreds and raising his sword in triumph. At the same time, she manages to convey the brutality and absurdity of the deaths caused by war, leaving us with many things to think about.

Nusrat Huq is a teacher at Sunbeams and a member of The Reading Circle, (TRC) Dhaka.

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making syrup in the 21st century Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:03:45 +0000

Each year Rodney and Lynn Willis find a new way to modernize and improve their small farm. But whatever kind of modernization they add, the process of turning sugar stalks into an award-winning line of syrups is largely the same as it has been for generations.

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The owners of Willis Farms, the husband and wife team devoted their twilight to the production of sorghum syrup, a kind of sweet syrup made from a sugar-like culture. And this month, after a summer growing season, they get back to work turning the stems into syrup.

“It’s good. We made 16 gallons of syrup on each run. It’s good for us,” Rodney said after the first week of production.

Leonard Hunt checks sorghum juice and Jim Boggs introduces sorghum canes to the press as they take part in the process of making pure sorghum syrup molasses at Willis Farms in Lawndale on Tuesday afternoon, September 14, 2021.

The process of turning over six feet of sorghum stalks into a sweet brown liquid that people put on cookies or spread on bread is remarkably simple, if not time consuming.

Once harvested, the stems are ground into a green pea juice so sweet you can smell it in the air around them. The juice is filtered through several strainers and placed in a saucepan where it heats up overnight, removing any impurities remaining in the plants. The rest of the mixture is brought to a boil until it turns into syrup.