Breaking News Bar

Elizabeth Woodworth: Don't forget to honor Dad on Father's Day Sunday

By Elizabeth Woodworth
Contributing writer
updated: 6/18/2018 2:37 PM

Plan to put in the last of the hot-weather vegetables, like tomatoes, squash, eggplant and peppers under the new moon. Combined with the new moon, today's lunar perigee increases the possibility for chilly weather and mid-June precipitation. Adding to the effects of new Moon and perigee, a cool front is expected to cross the Mississippi between June 13 and 16, and it is likely to be a stormy weather system. Lilies are blooming and deer love them. Wild water plants transposed to your garden pond can provide beauty. Thistles go to seed as corn borers eat the corn and early soybean bloom.


June 14: Flag Day, first electric streetlights in Harrisburg turned on. June 17: Father's Day, Battle of Bunker Hill-Revolutionary War, 1775.

June 14, 1777, the flag was adopted by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Flag Day is not an official holiday. Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress. There is not evidence to support the claim that Betsy Ross designed the first flag. It is an ingrained legend that I have no problem believing. In fact, I like it, just like I like the story of Washington chopping down the cherry tree. What is a country without legends? A 17-year-old student designed the present flag as a history project, for which he received a B minus. In 1959, President Eisenhower chose his design over 1,500 other applicants. The young man's history grade was changed to an A. Five of the 6 flags planted on the moon are still standing. According to Buzz Aldrin, the fallen one was blown over by the exhaust from Apollo 11 during its lift off from the moon's surface. The official colors of the Flag: Old Glory red, white and Old Glory blue. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white purity and innocence; blue vigilance, perseverance and justice. The flag always flies at the White House, Fort McHenry and the Iwo Jima memorial.

July 15, 1908 a West Virginia church sponsored the first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December's explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah, West Virginia. The first celebration of fathers held as a statewide observance was on June 19, 1910 in Washington state. Father's Day became a national holiday in 1972, 58 years after President Wilson made Mother's Day official.

I watch some of the cooking shows. Am fascinated by the chopping, think that some day I will see a chef chop his finger. I was dicing a potato, diced my fingernail. At least it didn't bleed, but it has a hunk gone. Can you image the damage I could do if I had one of the fancy knives?

We are now officially in grilling mode. Not me, I don't grill, haven't even used the hibachi in years. Every time I buy a bag of charcoal, I have to throw most of it away. Always have good intentions, use three or four briquettes, then the rest sit soaking up moisture until I have a soggy mess. I do better with ovens.

If you want something a bit "out there" try one of these: Chocolate-stuffed banana. Cut a deep slit along the inside curve of an unpeeled banana. Stuff with mini chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. Wrap tightly in foil. Grill over medium-high heat until the chocolate is melted, 2 minutes per side.

Goat-cheese-and-walnut-stuffed apple. Mix 1 Tbl goat cheese, 2 chopped candied walnuts and 1 tsp. honey. Stuff into 1 cored large Red Delicious apple. Tightly wrap stuffed side up in foil. Grill the apple on its side over medium heat, turning halfway through, until tender, 30-40 minutes. Drizzle with more honey. Lemon Rosemary Garlic: slice off the top inch of a head of garlic to expose the cloves. Place on a sheet of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and top with a thin lemon slice and small rosemary sprig. Wrap tightly in the foil. Grill over medium heat until the garlic is soft, 40-50 minutes.

The Bike and Build contingency will arrive in Harrisburg via Eldorado about 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. They will be greeted on the bike path near Hardees. At 7 p.m., they will be at the Presbyterian Church for comments and a presentation about the program. The community is invited to this event. The riders will hold a bike clinic for young riders. Bike and Build engages young adults in service-oriented cycling to raise money for and awareness of the need for affordable housing in this country. This ride started on the east coast and will end in Washington state.

Honor your father, uncle, grandfather and those men who mentored and loved you.