Thursday, December 15, 2005

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Marshall County Humane Society News

Pictures available with Santa

Christmas is probably the number one time for giving a pet as a present. It’s drilled into your brain through ever ything from TV ads to Christmas cards. So, if you’ve joined the legions of potential pet givers, here are some shopping tips.

Most important is to match the pet with the prospective pet owner. Size, energy level and disposition of the pet all need to fit with the new home. Don’t give a greyhound to Granny.

Don’t have your mind completely set on getting a puppy or a kitten. Sometimes an adult animal might be a better choice, especially with dogs. They are already house-trained and have all their teeth so they’re over chewing up slippers.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Check our your local shelters. These little animals need all the help they can get. According to the SPCA more than five million animals are put to sleep in shelters in the United States each year just because there are so many of them. This does not include those that were sick or vicious. These are healthy, lovable animals who die just because nobody wants them.

If the heart-string-tug approach doesn’t persuade you to shop at a shelter, think of it from a shopper’s perspective. If you go to a breeder they usually have variations on only one or two breeds. A shelter has a whole smorgasbord.

As a matter of fact, people who train animals for the movies and TV regularly recruit from shelters. Morris the Cat, Benji, Old Yeller, Eddie (the Jack Russell in Frasier) and Lucky (in Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Doolittle) are just a few of the pet stars who were found in shelters.

If you are interested in a shelter pet the Marshall County Humane Society has lots of them. Call 662-564-2900 for more information.

Pictures with will Santa will be made at the VFW, Sat., Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with proceeds going to the Humane Society. Bring your children and your pets to pose with Santa!

After a week, off the Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Clinic is back in business as usual. We are open every Tuesday. Don’t let your pets proliferate and wind up
adding to the shelter overpopulation. Call 662-252-6196 for the necessary appointment.

For information on adoptions, fostering or the Humane Society in general, call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.


Christmas Recipes from Martha Ruth Leonard

Cajun Christmas
Revel Cookbook

The Junior League of Shreveport

Spinach & Orange Salad

2 10-oz. bags fresh spinach
    washed, dried, torn into small
    pieces
fresh mushrooms and crumbled bacon     may be added if desired.
1 red onion, thinly sliced
11-oz. can mandarin oranges,
    drained
Toss with dressing:
3 tbsps. lemon juice
2 tbsps. sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Place lemon juice in jar with tight lid. Add all other ingredients except oil. Shake until sugar is dissolved; add oil and shake again.
Serves 8.

Shrimp Patties

3 pounds raw shrimp, peeled
    and chopped
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
salt, black pepper, red pepper
    to taste
vegetable oil
flour
Combine shrimp, milk, green peppers and garlic. Add seasonings to taste. This can be prepared ahead and allowed to marinate in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, heat oil and add enough flour to shrimp mixture to hold the shrimp together when dropped from a spoon into hot oil. Fry until browned. These may be made into small patties and served as an appetizer. Serves 6.

Red Beans & Rice

1 lb. dried red beans
1 meaty ham bone
2 large onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 rib celery, w/leaves, chopped
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
cooked rice
1 tsp. Tabasco
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 bay leaf (optional)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup catsup or tomato sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    red or black pepper to taste
2 lbs. spicy, smoked sausage,
    cut into 1” pieces
Soak beans in water to cover overnight. Rinse, Cover with water in heavy pot, such as a Dutch oven. Add ham bone (fat trimmed off) and remaining ingredients, except sausage and rice. Bring to a boil and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add sausage (which has been steamed in a skillet, drained and fried). Just before serving, remove bay leaf and add a little more fresh parsley. For added thickness, remove about a cup of beans from pot, mash thoroughly and return to mixture. Serve the beans with fluffy, boiled rice; garnish with chopped scallions. Serve with vinegar and Tabasco bottles on the side. Serves 8.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

2 sqs. unsweetened chocolate
3 tbsps. butter
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
whipped cream
1 unbaked 9” pie shell
In double boiler, melt chocolate and butter together. In separate pan, combine corn syrup and sugar and simmer 2 minutes. Add chocolate mixture and cool. Add salt to eggs. Slowly dribble syrup mixture into eggs, stirring constantly. Blend in vanilla and nuts. Pour into shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve with whipped cream. Serves 8.

Pages from the Past

10 Years Ago - December 14,1995

Buck elected; at-large post is undecided
The City of Holly Springs’ special election produced a new Ward 1 alderman and a run-off next Tuesday
for alderman-at large. Who will be in that run-off is still questionable. Kelvin Buck was the outright winner in
Ward 1. Buck will fill the unexpired term of former Ward 1 Alderman Larry Anders, who moved from the
area. The alderman-at-large position became open with Freddie Autry resigning because of poor health.
Woman of the Year
Louise Delois Plaxico was presented a plaque, shaped like the State of Mississippi, as Woman of the Year
for the Federated Improvement Club.
A.Q. Greer appointed Inauguration chairman for Marshall County
A.Q. Greer has been appointed by Gov. Kirk Fordice as the 1996 Inauguration chairman of Marshall
County

25 Years Ago - December 11, 1980

Tank spill stirs Mt. Pleasant
A transport tanker carrying 4,000 gallons of a highly-concentrated pesticide sprang a leak on Hwy. 72
near Mt. Pleasant Monday, causing the evacuation of Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy and closing Hwy. 72
to traffic for seven and a half hours. Residents within a two-mile area were warned of a possible evacuation,
but it was not needed.
Seven local engineers at Ole Miss
Seven Holly Springs residents are members of the Society of Black Engineers at the University of
Mississippi. Members include Gus Lee Crittle, Sebastian Murry, Barbara Annette McIntosh, Millie G.
Brittenum, Reginald Osuji, Anthony Osuji and Henry Reeves.
Idea check
Bobby J. Mathis, foreman of the tool room at Sunbeam Appliance Company in Holly Springs, presented
a check for $247 to James Willis, for his suggestion in the company’s “Ideas for Dollars” program.

50 Years Ago - December 15, 1955

Rat poisoning campaign planned January 3-4
The Mayor and city officials of Holly Springs are sponsoring a rat poisoning campaign, which will be
supervised by F.A. Smith, and N.L. Douglass. Representatives of the State Board of Health will also be
present. This year, Warfarin, the new rodenticide is being used in the campaign. This material is an anticoagulant.
The bait being used consists of Warfarin and yellow corn meal. The bait is relatively harmless
unless it is eaten for three days and in large quantities.
New telephone directory here
Over 1500 new telephone directories are being delivered this week to telephone subscribers,
announced Southern Bell Telephone Company. Several hundred new names appearing for the first time
reflect the increased number of telephones in service for this area. A section headed up Potts Camp
includes both Potts Camp and Hickory Flat subscribers who are to begin receiving dial service at 12 noon
on Dec. 20.
Selwyn Greer crowned queen at pee-wee dance
Selwyn Greer was crowned queen of the pee-wee football team by Roy Carpenter, captain of the team.
Maids were Mary Frances Rather and Jo Ann Hurdle.

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