Monthly Archives: September 2009

F. David Aberdeen, former Burns Park Elementary principal, obituary

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F. David Aberdeen

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Aberdeen, F. David

Age 79, died September 23 2009. Born on July 10, 1930 in Detroit, MI
the only child of Albert Frank Aberdeen and Leona Winifred Cozzens
Aberdeen. In 1961, David married Virginia Ray Ackley of Oakdale
California. They were married 36 years when she predeceased him in
1997. Together they had two sons, David Hall and John Stuart. David
spent his first 8 years in Detroit before moving to Portage Lake, where
he graduated from Pinckney High School in 1948. He attended Albion
College in his freshman year before transferring to the University of
Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1952 and then
earned a Masters degree in education from the University of Michigan in
1954. He began his long public school career in Chicago, where he
taught elementary school for five years, as well as night classes in
English as a Second Language. He then returned to Ann Arbor where he
would spend the rest of his professional career working for the Ann
Arbor Public Schools
. He worked first as an elementary school teacher
and later as an administrator, at different times serving as Deputy
Superintendent and principal of Thurston and Burns Park elementary
schools. An early advocate of equal opportunity for all students, he
spent a year with the Mott Foundation in Flint, after which he obtained
his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1969. After retiring from
Burns Park in 1988, he continued to work for the Ann Arbor
Administrators Association
until earlier this year. He also served on
the board of the Pinckey Community Schools Alumni Association, chairing
the scholarship committee. He chose the perfect profession as it
allowed him to express his lifelong passion for teaching and learning.
In 1988 the Michigan State Senate passed a concurrent resolution (No.
672) offering tribute to honor David's contributions to public
education. Along with his family, his other great loves were music,
literature and the arts. Possessing an uncanny ability to remember the
lyrics to any song he was unbeatable at "Name that Tune". His love of
words was reflected in his unique writings, his large collection of
books and his ability to quote from almost any poem, book or movie.
David was never a stranger in any group – if he met you, he was your
friend. He is survived by his two sons, David Hall Aberdeen of San
Francisco California, and John Stuart Aberdeen of Arlington
Massachusetts, and a host of friends, colleagues and former students. A
memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 3rd, in the Ballroom
of the Michigan League, 911 N. University Avenue in Ann Arbor. David
was a lifelong advocate of public education and to honor him donations
in his memory may be made to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational


Stuffed peppers with leftover grains recipe

The basic idea is from Martha Rose "Fast Vegetarian Feasts" 1986, p. 103.  It's very simple, as befits her normal cooking.  Cut the tops from peppers, clean them out, fill with a mix of leftover rice and beans and top with cheese.  Bake 30 to 40 minutes, as long as it takes for things to get as soft as you want.

I'm guessing I'll end up using black beans; there's rice from yesterday.  We have an abundance of tomatoes from market, since it's the season when you order a half a peck they are SO HAPPY that someone wants their roma tomatoes in quantity that you end up with an extra pint of cherry tomatoes just to taste.  The 4 y/o will want the beans plain.

Cook all the peppers in the fridge, there will be more on Saturday. The freeze watch line is as far south as Gaylord, so we should be good for a few more weeks.


Karnabeet recipe

Assembled from a few sources; not tried yet; this is approximate.

  • Blanch cauliflower and saute in olive oil until browned.
  • Make a lemon-tahini-garlic sauce.
  • Mix.  Cook.  
  • Serve sprinkled with sumac and parsley.

Some alternatives:

For Monday.

Michigan Corn Mazes 2009

Michigan Corn Mazes – Fall of 2009

If you wish to be added to this list, contact the Michigan Corn Office at (517) 668-2676 or email Theresa Sisung at

Andy T’s Farm Market
3131 S. US-27
St. Johns, MI   48879

Barbott Farms &
Greenhouse 7155 Cleveland
Stevensville, MI  49127

Bosserd Family Farm
14721 Verona Rd.
Marshall, MI  49068

Chelsea Corn Maze
 14550 Jerusalem Rd.
Chelsea, MI  48118

Country Corn Maze
450 N. Vernon Rd.,
Corunna, MI   48817

Country Mill Farms
4648 Otto Rd. 
Charlotte, MI  48813

Crots Corn Maze
4800 W. Temperance Rd. 
Ottawa Lake, MI   49267

Depner Farms Corn Maze
5945 Griggs Rd. 
Caseville, MI   48725

Erwin Orchards U-Pick & Cider Mill
61475 Silver Lake 
South Lyon, MI  48178

Farmer Charlie’s Maze Adventure
6421 N. Stony Creek Rd.,
Monroe, MI  48162

Flavor Fruit Farms
11025 S. Jackson Rd.,
Somerset Center, MI  49282

Fruit Ridge Hayrides
11966 Fruit Ridge Rd. NW,
Kent City, MI  49330

Gallagher Farm Market
7237 E. Traverse Hwy.,
Traverse City, MI  49684

Grandmas Pumpkin Patch
4277 N. Eastman  Rd.
Midland, MI  48642

Heck of a Corn Maze
4309 W. Albain Rd.
Monroe, MI 48161

Heritage Farms
1888 S. Maple Island Rd.,
Fremont, MI  49412

Izzi Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
8475 Marine City Hwy
Ira Township, MI

J Webb Farms
 4262 Post Rd.
Newport, MI  48166

Jacob’ Farm
7100 E. M-72 West
Traverse City, MI  49684

Johnson’s Giant Pumpkins
4715 N. Portsmouth Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Just A Plain Farm LLC
5055 Gill Rd.
Carp Lake, MI  49718

Klackle Orchards 11466 W. Carson City Rd. 
Greenville, MI  48838 616-754-9223

Maybury Farm 50165 Eight Mile Road
Northville, MI  48167 248-374-0200

Mr. Green Jeans Corn Maze
& Pumpkin Patch 141 Rule Rd.
Imlay City, MI  48444 810-724-8488

New Lawns Corn Maze
 50240 Martz Rd.
Bellville, MI  48111 734-481-0033

New Salem Corn Maze
 4516 24th St. 
Dorr, MI  49323 616-681-2342

Orchard Hill Farm 2934 68th St. SE 
Caldonia, MI 616-868-7229

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch 3909 S. Summerton Rd. 
Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858 989-773-7750

Post Family Farm
 5081 Bauer Rd.
Hudsonville, MI  49426 616-669-1964

Ripley’s Haunted Acres 9580 Carlisle Highway
Vermontville, MI  49096 517-726-0187

Rowe’s Farm Market & Pumpkin Patch 4047 W. Columbia Rd.
Mason, MI  48854 517-676-9360

Spicer Orchards & Cider
Mill 10411 Clyde Rd. 
Fenton, MI  48430 810-632-7692

Talladay Farms 6250 Judd Rd. 
Milan, MI  48160 734-483-6502

The Flower Farm, LLC 236 Pigeon Road 
Bad Axe, MI  48413 989-269-8754

Three Cedars Farm 7897 6 Mile Rd.
Northville, MI  48168 248-437-8200

Uncle John’s Cider Mill,
Inc. 8614 N. US-27 
St. Johns, MI  48879 989-224-3686

Westview Orchards & Cider
Mill 65075 VanDyke 
Romeo, MI  48095 586-752-3123

Alice Kim, former third grade teacher at Burns Park Elementary School, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009

from the obituaries:09262009_0003444054_1

Mrs. Alice Kim passed away on Sunday September 20, 2009. She was a
third grade teacher at Burns Park Elementary School in Ann Arbor, MI
for many years. She dedicated her life to her profession because she
loved children and teaching. She is survived by her daughters and
husband. She will be greatly missed by all of the people she taught,
worked with, and loved. A private family funeral is planned. In lieu of
flowers, a donation to the following would be preferred: "The
University of Michigan" -Address: Department of Internal Medicine
Development. 301 E. Liberty, Suite 400, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Memo:
Swartz Professorship in honor of Alice Kim.

It’s just dirt

From Concentrate: "The politics of dirt in downtown Ann Arbor"

The hole is for the Library Lot
underground parking deck next to the Ann Arbor District Library. The
city has started on some of the work to build a 677-car parking garage
underneath a surface parking lot on Fourth Street and to replace some
of the surrounding infrastructure, such as sewer and water lines.

the big hole for all of those cars is coming later this year. That
means an acre of earth four stories deep has to go somewhere.

Some suggestions:
The quality site serving as a venue to link those supplying fill dirt with those that need fill dirt. – is brought to you by Cut & Fill Inc, established in
1986 in Mpls-St Paul to connect those with excess fill and those who
need it. Our telephone and online services have saved thousands of
clients millions of dollars. – provides you with the tools to acquire or sell (or
dispose) of soil quickly and effectively with No Membership Fees.
Unnecessary time spent researching and coordinating your soil needs
elsewhere can now be spent on your primary business objectives.

Also: try Craigslist; sign "Free fill dirt"; take out an ad in some newspaper.