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Special delivery

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Doug Ricketts, of rural Lipscomb County, has wanted to replace his aging and weathered mailbox for many years. And, for some reason, a winter in a pandemic seemed like a good chance to take the time. Of course, if you are an artist with visions of sculptural forms, chances are your mailbox is going to be a calling card out at the entry to your home. The result is 8 feet tall and weighs several hundred pounds. It sits on private property, so it poses no risk to wayward snowplows or semis. After a consultation with mail carrier Debby Opdyke about the practical needs—the optimum height for her Jeep, as well as some special weather-dictated features—Doug welded a heavy windproof door, a flag that would stay up regardless of high wind, and a special “ice hammer” that Debby can use when the box is encased in ice. The “mail rock” from the old mailbox serves to hold the mail in place when the door is opened, preventing letters from being blown to Mexico or Canada, depending on the wind direction and speed. That’s how it earned the name, the Prairie Wind Mailbox.
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River Valley Pioneer Museum | Canadian, Texas

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Occasionally, we will pull a box of artifacts from our collection to verify what is inside. Last week, I was going through a box full of glass bottles. The bottles were of every shape, size, and color imaginable. Some bottles were marked by their companies, but many were not. Some had bottle-cap openings, some had screw-top openings, and many had old cork-stopper openings. They were really fun to look at. I selected these three because they are from companies that we are familiar with today: Clorox, Listerine, and Lysol. I did a little digging into their history, and well…let’s just say, it was interesting. All three of these bottles are from the Horace and Pauline Rivers collection.
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Pankratz talks butterflies

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Sheila Pankratz treated us to a look at a several frames from her butterfly collection. The collection is made up of gifts or mounts she found in various stores. The butterflies in the frames were found dead and then mounted, so no butterfly was harmed merely to become a mount. Several frames have nametags, origins, and descriptions of the butterflies within them. One of her most intriguing mounts, as seen in the photo, is of a dead leaf butterfly. A person quickly notices the butterfly with wings spread on the bottom of the twig. Higher upon the twig is a dead leaf…or is it? Look closely and you might just spot some antennae and little eyes. What a unique creator we have!
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CASA of High Plains visits Rotary

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Happy 2021, friends! Our first program of the year was one with a humbling reminder. Despite the unexpected trials 2020 brought, there are people—children, no less—whose day-to-day struggles make most adults’ lifetime struggles pale in comparison. Not to mention these children often have less support, control, and ability to cope with what goes on when their worlds turn upside down. Thankfully, there are programs like CASA of the High Plains devoted to guiding children and their families through foster and adoptive care. We were lucky to hear straight from executive director, Alissha Jefferis, and volunteer coordinator, Payton Foster, of the High Plains office located in Pampa. We also heard from local, Deb Vandygriff, who has been a CASA volunteer since 2015.
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What’s Cookin’ in Canadian: Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

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SHEET PAN SHRIMP FAJITAS INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin 1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin 1 small red onion, sliced thin 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt Several turns of fresh ground pepper 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika Lime Fresh cilantro for garnish Tortillas of your choice PREPARATION Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine shrimp, onion, peppers, olive oil, salt and pepper, and spices.