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September 16, 2012
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

As I start writing this morning I realize it is 9/11 and it still feels like I'm on an emotional roller-coaster. It still is hard for me to realize something this horrible happened in our country. Our country still has the fear and uncertainty and doubt. While I will remember what happened eleven years ago, I'm still very upset what is going on in Afghanistan. The major threat to our troops is the very group of soldiers whom our service members are training are killing unsuspecting American troops. I hope the president will keep his promise and leave Afghanistan in two years. We have to realize we can't police the world.

But the news is not all bad. Just as our country came together after the attacks, we will again after the elections show that the United States will come together as a united front. We will share the news and updates and our hope will remain strong. Still today will be a tough day and we will feel the pain. We will remember the moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas who died in the towers, on the planes, or at the Pentagon. We'll remember the first responders who risked their own health to pick up the pieces of this tragedy. And we will honor the men and women who serve our country. Because of the length of this war, many soldiers have been deployed multiple times, a sacrifice that is almost unimaginable. September is now called National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare for any emergency.

This is a recipe I tried the other day. Some of the good peaches are soon gone. These were Colorado peaches; at first they were very hard but after a few days sitting on the counter they were fine. Because of a bad leg and back I didn't take time to make my own crust and I probably didn't have enough peaches but it still was delicious.


8 to 10 ripe but firm


1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon almond


2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon or pinch of


1/2 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons butter, cut

into small pieces

1 egg

* Peal and cut peaches

into 1/4 thick slices and

toss with lemon juice and

flavoring in a large bowl

* Whisk the flour,sugar,

sugar,cinnamon and salt

in another bowl, making

sure there are no lumps.

* Stir the flour mixture

into the peaches and mix


* Pour the peach mixture

into the pie shell

* Scatter with pieces of


* Pop into the oven and

bake at 350 degrees for

50 - 60 minutes

* After it has cooled

serve with whip topping

or ice cream

"The United States of America will prevail."



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