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November 14, 2008 - 3:13pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in video, elba, byron, Elba Mucklands, dairy princess, cooking, recipes, onion.

Here it is: Episode four in our series Cooking with the Dairy Princess. In this episode, your favorite princess and mine, Anika Zuber, is welcomed by a speical guest. Enjoy! 

Don't forget! You can visit The Batavian at Blip.tv to see this video in large format, as well as many of our other videos. Simply go to The Batavian's video channel at: thebatavian.blip.tv.

October 7, 2008 - 4:04pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in history, video, agriculture, elba, Elba Mucklands.

Ann Gavenda didn't only talk about the Elba History Barn when we met a few weeks back. She had some great stories to tell me about working in the muck on the Elba onion fields back in the 1940s, when her and the other girls ran into snakes, cigars, highly articulate Jamaicans and more dimes than you can shake a stick at—and she had the blisters to prove it. Without further ado:

October 7, 2008 - 3:42pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in history, video, agriculture, elba, Elba Mucklands, Elba History Barn.

A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the new History Barn in Elba, built to store all the ancient farm equipment and other relics that were locked up in who knew how many barns all over the town and its environs. Ann Gavenda was kind enough to come down and tell me a bit about the town's new treasure and the treasures inside it. Here's what she told me:

Were you able to make out the price of a gallon of gas on the old Esso pump?

Ann didn't only tell me about the history barn. She told me a lot more about growing up in Elba and working in the muck fields. Please be sure to check out that video which should go up later this afternoon.

July 16, 2008 - 11:46am
posted by Philip Anselmo in history, Holland Land Office Museum, Elba Mucklands, muck.

Who knew muck could be a claim to fame... It's dirty. It sounds gross. It doesn't contribute anything to society. What has muck done for you and me?

But before we get to that bizarre question, let's start simple: What is muck? Holland Land Office Museum Director Pat Weissend takes up the question in his latest post in the countdown of "The 25 Things that Made Genesee County Famous."

As Pat says:

Muck? What is muck? That is a question often asked by visitors to our county. What is this land with such an unusual name? Muck is a black soil that is left behind after swamplands are drained. The soil is made up mostly of humus. The mucklands in northern Genesee County and southern Orleans are thought to be the largest continuous section of this type of soil in the world. To create muck, wetlands must be drained, and because of environmental concerns, it is unlikely that any more mucklands will be created in the United States.

Pat gets into much more detail than that on the museum's Web site, so be sure to check it out. Also, we here at The Batavian — inexcusably in my own estimation — forgot to post a reminder when Number 22 in the countdown was released a couple weeks ago: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. So go check that out, too.

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