We will be reading The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot for November..

Set against the backdrop of revolutionary Russia,  The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.

English Lake District, 1960s: A young Abbie Myers returns home after learning of her mother's death. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken to hear that they blame her for the tragedy.
Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. As the old woman recounts her own past, Abbie is transported back to the grandeur of the Russian Empire in 1911 with tales of her grandmother's life as a governess and the revolution that exploded around her.
If you have not joined us for awhile, we hope you will read this novel and join us at our next meeting on November 12 at 2:00 pm in the clubhouse. 


                                                                  Judy Schappell

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October Birthdays

November Birthdays

Rock Work on the Pond

Book Club

The History of Candy Corn: A Halloween Candy Favorite

A Device to Remove SLF

Jane Underkoffler on the 7th
Bob Schucker on the 8th
Joan Frank on the 9th
Christine Ciabattoni on the

Jo Marie Santi on the 17th
Aurelia Lazar on the 18th
Beverly Adair on the 19th
Larry Way on the 24th
Darlene Sutcliffe on the 26th
Marilyn Mujsce on the 27th
Sharon Donovan on the 20th

Life Finds A Way 

John Kesckes on the1st
Mary Weckerle on the 1st
Rita Conway on the 3rd
Mary Musser on the 8th
Brenda Martin on the 19th
Pat Amrhein on the 21st
Hilda Bass on the 25th
Michael Bass on the 27th

Rock work on the Pond

An Idea:

To scrape your tree of the SLF egg mass, attach a credit card to a pole.  Just make sure you catch the egg mass.

Life Finds A Way 

This calendar is here because we wanted to have one.  Right now, the calendar page is under construction.

 Life Finds A Way 

The History of Candy Corn: A Halloween Candy Favorite
         By Sara Broek
         Updated August 20, 2020

No other candy can match the creamy taste of

candy corn, a sweet Halloween favorite for more

than a century.

Candy corn might be the most controversial

Halloween candy. In our experience, people

either love it or you hate it—and we're firmly

in the "love it" category. We're not the only ones eating candy corn by the handful: The National Retail Federation estimates 95% of holiday shoppers will be stocking up on the tri-color treat. Not to mention it's the most popular Halloween candy in multiple states.

The little yellow, orange, and white treat is an icon among holiday candies and has a legacy that goes back more than a century. Get the background on how candy corn came to be, discover fun candy corn facts, and learn all about how candy corn is made. Plus, try our candy corn recipes and even some sweet Halloween decorating ideas that feature the striped treat.

Where Was Candy Corn Invented?
According to oral tradition, George Renninger, a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, invented the revolutionary tricolor candy in the 1880s. The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly Candy Co., has the longest history in the industry of making candy corn—although the method has changed, it still uses the original recipe. In honor of its Goelitz roots, Jelly Belly developed a candy corn-flavor jelly bean.

How is Candy Corn Made?
Candy corn starts as a mixture of sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla flavor, and marshmallow creme. The candy corn ingredients are melted into a liquid candy—called slurry—colored, and run through a cornstarch molding process to create each kernel. Wooden trays filled with cornstarch are imprinted with rows of candy corn molds, where the layers are individually deposited from bottom to top.

The mixture cools in the tray, which seals the three layers together. The kernels of candy corn are sifted from the trays and polished in large drum pans with edible wax and glaze to create their irresistible, hand-grabbable shine. It's also worth noting that strictly speaking, candy corn is not vegan- or vegetarian-friendly. Most formulations contain gelatin or other animal-based ingredients.

What Other Types of Candy Corn are There?
Candy corn is such a popular choice that the mellow creme candies are now available year-round in a variety of colors for other seasonal holidays. Most have the same creamy vanilla flavor of the original but there are some flavor variations.

For Thanksgiving, serve fall corn, which is brown, orange, and white—the brown section is chocolate-flavor.
Christmas-inspired reindeer corn has the classic vanilla flavor of traditional candy corn but comes in a green, white, and red colorway.
Cupid corn is pink, red, and white for Valentine's Day.
For Easter, load up on bunny corn, which comes in a variety of pastel colors.
You can also find seasonal candy corn varieties in apple, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon flavors.

Fun Candy Corn Facts
We're all familiar with the classic orange, yellow, and white treats—but some of the facts about candy corn might surprise you!

     1  Candy corn isn't the treat's original name
When the Goelitz Confectionery Company first produced candy corn, it was called "Chicken Feed." The boxes were illustrated with a colorful rooster logo and a tag line that read: "Something worth crowing for."

    2  Candy corn has its own national day
You don't have to wait for Halloween to indulge in the mellow creme candies. Celebrate National Candy Corn Day on October 30.

    3  More than 17,000 tons of candy corn are produced each year
According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds (or 9 billion pieces) of candy corn will be produced this year.

    4  Candy corn is one of the better-for-you Halloween candies
It contains roughly 28 grams of sugar and only 140 calories per heaping handful—and it's fat free!

    5  It has a long shelf life
Once the package is opened, store candy corn covered and away from heat and light at room temperature; it should last three to six months. If unopened, packaged candy corn will last about nine months.