This week’s column is dedicated to all the brave men and women who not only go through Mother Nature’s wild moods, but also help each other clean up and comfort both their neighbors and strangers who need help. God bless them all.

Keep your evening free on May 15 for the annual “Spring Fling” at Lincolnville Grange on Route 52. It will include a delicious bean supper, music by the Lincolnville Band and a variety show of local talent. Hope to see you there!

Perfection Salad

1 (3 ounce) box orange Jell-O

1 teaspoon sugar

1 cup boiling water

1 cup cold water

1/2 cup peeled and shredded carrots

1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained

Mix together the Jell-O and sugar in a 9-inch glass pie plate. Add the boiling water and stir for at least two minutes, until fully dissolved. Stir in the cold water and refrigerate for 35 to 40 minutes, uncovered, until the Jell-O has set to a point between liquid and solid but is not fully firm. Add the carrots and pineapple. (Adding the carrots and pineapple at this stage will cause the heavier pineapple to sink to the bottom and the lighter carrots to stay on top. The salad will have a colorful orange kaleidoscope look.) Do not stir. Refrigerate until firm.

Molasses Nut Cookies

2 cups sugar

1 cup shortening

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons ginger

2 cups sour milk or buttermilk

1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening, then add the eggs, vanilla, and molasses and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger, and then add to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour milk. Stir in the nuts. Drop batter onto greased cookie sheets by the teaspoonful, spaced 2 inches apart, and bake for 10 minutes, until golden around the edges. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. (This is an Amish recipe and makes a lot so you might want to halve it.)

Our thought for the week: “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

— John F. Kennedy