Maybe complaining about the weather actually does do some good. A week ago it appeared that the winter of 2013-14 would never end, and even up to last Saturday, March 8, frigid temperatures held sway. But then came Sunday, with sunshine and a high in the mid-50’s, followed by Monday with more sunshine and another high in the mid-50’s, and all of a sudden things are looking up, everyone’s smiling and spirits are soaring. More cool weather is predicted in the next couple of weeks, but nothing like the unrelenting cold that had held the region in its icy grasp since December. Spring ain’t quite sprung, yet, but it’s getting wound up and ready to jump. Stand by!
All roads led to Rutland on the evening of Friday, March 7, for the 30th Annual Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s Great Northern Pike Fish Fry. Skillets and deep fryers were sizzling hot in the kitchen of the Rutland Town Hall as the pan fryers and deep fryers produced northern pike filets in their latest competition for public favor. According to Club vice-president Jake Erickson, the deep fried filets were favored by the early crowd, but the pan fried filets got the nod from the late diners, once again making the contest too close to call by the end of the evening. Both teams will be re-evaluating production procedures and tuning up their seasonings in preparation for the next competition, set for the first Friday in March next year. This year, the weather was cold but the roads were clear and nearly all of the holders of the 500 advance tickets sold for the event showed up to enjoy northern pike filets, baked potatoes, coleslaw and dinner rolls. Mr. Erickson states that Club members had done an excellent job of preparing for the event, and were “Johnny-On-The-Spot” when it came to taking care of diners in the Hall. Rutland Fire Chief Cam Gulleson reports that raffle winners of the three cash prizes in the Rutland-Cayuga Volunteer Firemen’s cash raffle were Matt McLaen, Forman – $500.00; Jeanie Odegard, Milnor – $300.00; and, Taryn Cunningham, Rutland – $100.00. Planning is already underway for the 31st Rutland Sportsmen’s Club Great Northern Pike Fish Fry, set for Friday, March 6, 2015, in the Rutland Town Hall. Don’t miss it.
Paul Anderson arrived home on the evening of Wednesday, March 5, at the conclusion of a 12-day winter vacation trip to Houston TX and Phoenix AZ. While in Houston, Paul visited at the home of his daughter, Betsy, a history professor at Lone Star Community College, an institution of higher education with both on-line classes and several campuses in that sprawling metropolis. On Friday, February 28, Paul & Betsy flew via United Airlines from Houston to PhoenixAZ for a weekend visit with Betsy’s maternal grandmother, Etha Quinlan, at her home in Sun City West. Paul had driven from Rutland to Houston, and reports that the roads were clear on the way down, but were quite icy on the return trip. Read More