What's for lunch at Farm Show

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What should I eat today for lunch? Here are the vendors at PA Farm Show and their offerings:

PA Bee Keepers Association
• honey ice cream
• honey waffles
• bottles of honey
• beehive products

PA Cooperative Potato Growers
• baked potatoes
• fresh cut French fries
• potato donuts
• potatoes
• baked sweet potatoes

PA Dairymen's Association
• milkshakes
• milk/chocolate milk
• ice cream sundaes
• deep fried mozzarella cubes with marinara sauce
• ice cream cones

PA Livestock Association
• pork barbeque sandwiches
• roast beef sandwiches
• lamb stew
• ham
• cheese sandwiches
• beef meatball sandwiches
• beef sausage
• Jumbo beef/pork hot dogs
• steak salad
• ham salad
• horseradish
• pink lemonade

PA Maple Syrup Producers Council
• maple sundaes
• maple yogurt
• maple cotton candy
• maple coated nuts
• maple syrup
• maple candy
• maple cream sugar
• maple sugar

PA Mushroom Growers Cooperative
• deep-fried breaded mushrooms
• packaged fresh mushrooms
• portabellos
• mushroom soup
• grilled portabellas
• grilled portabella sandwich
• mushroom salad
• schroomies

PA Vegetable Growers Association
• vegetable wraps
• corn on the cob
• vegetable soup
• batter-dipped vegetables
• blooming onions
• strawberry slush drink
• broccoli-cauliflower salad
• chicken corn soup
• chili
• dill pickles
• carrots
• celery
• tomato juice
• broccoli soup
• berry pie
• pumpkin pie
• bean salad
• chocolate covered strawberries

Penn Ag Industries Assoc./Penn Ag Poultry Council
• chicken nuggets
• chicken breast sandwiches
• hot dogs
• turkey barbecue
• wings
• bucket of chicken
• chicken cheese steak
• seasoned slow roasted rotisserie sliced chicken
• chicken soup
• deviled eggs
• red beat
• mustard eggs
• chicken parmesan sandwich
• turkey meatball sandwich
• chicken chili

Penn Ag Industries Assoc./Penn Ag Poultry Council & Penn Ag Aquaculture Council
• fish sandwich
• trout chowder
• tortilla crusted tilapia
• fresh bagels w/or w/o cream cheese
• cinnamon sticky bun
• shoofly pie by the slice or whole pies
• whoopie pies with white or peanut butter icing
• large cookies
• cinnamon bun

Penn Ag Industries Assoc./Penn Ag Poultry Council & Penn Ag Swine Council
• Breakfast sandwich (egg & sausage or Canadian bacon)
• slow roasted pulled pork

State Horticultural Association
• apple cider
• fresh apples
• apple dumplings with ice cream
• apple butter
• cider floats
• caramel apples on a stick
• dried apple snacks
• apple or peach sundaes

Pennsylvania FFA Foundation
• hotdogs
• grillers
• rib sandwiches
• deep fried mozzarella cubes
• apples
• apple cider
• honey dumplings with ice cream
• orchard freeze slushy
• bakery products

Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association
• rib eye steak platter
• philly cheese steak sandwiches
• beef BBQ sandwiches
• beef hotdogs
• steak, egg, cheese sandwiches
• beef sticks
• peach tea
• apple cider
• chocolate or white milk
• honey dumpling w/ice cream
• apples

Source - Farm Show Food Court

Why is there a Verbeke Street in Harrisburg

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For those of you who don't know, Harrisburg has a Verbeke street. I've seen this for years as I've gone to Farm Show. Back in 2003 I sent the following E-mail to our family members about the name. Our branch of the Verbeke family is a recent addition to these shores. My Grandfather, Victor Verbeke, arrived from Belgium in 1912. So we have no connection to the Verbeke Street in Harrisburg that we know of.





Well, I was off yesterday and did some digging on the Internet. Below are some references I found from the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project at the following address.


Below are some references I found from the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project at the following address.




It says that "The purpose of the project is to make genealogy and historical material available to the researcher for free. The 1st transcription project will be the Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, containing Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Scotch-Irish and German Settlers. 1896. I hope to have the project completed by the mid 2001. The next project will be The History of Harrisburg and Dauphin County by Dr. George P. Donehoo. The third project is scheduled to be the Willow Grove Cemetery in Linglestown, PA."



There are several references to Verbeke's on this site. The Steckley bio is the most telling. It speaks of a William Verbeke. He had property that Steckley purchased. It was on Broad Street that is now Verbeke Street. I then when looking for William Verbeke and found his record as well, It seems very likely to me that this William is who the street is named for. You can read the following and see if you agree.


It appears that at the very least he was Harrisburg's Controller for a good many year's but was also Mayor for a period. "He helped to organize the Good Will Fire Company and has been its worthy president ever since, except during the years he was filing the office of mayor and was compelled to devote his entire attention to that office."


There is also a bio of William's wife - Marion. Also, there was a reference to William in another record as well.


So, just in case someone ever asks you if you're related to the Verbeke of Verbeke Street - probably not (but Maybe). At least you will know who is was named after.


It does say in his bio that "His people excelled in mathematics, an aptness which he seems to have inherited". I can only think about Dad doing all those numbers in his head. So maybe we are related way back.  ;-)










STECKLEY, REV. MATTHEW,was born in Germany, September 15, 1836, son of the late Ansulmes and Juliama (Fresse) Steckley. The parents were both natives of Germany and died in their native land. The father was a cabinet maker by trade, and was three times married. Matthew had but one brother. He received his education in Germany, having attended school until he was fourteen years of age. He came with some of his friends to this country, when he was eighteen years of age, and when nineteen years old began an apprenticeship at the trade of shoemaker with a man by the name of Bickel, on Walnut street in Harrisburg. After completing his apprenticeship he worked at his trade as a journeyman for Mr. Desh on Market street, for many years. He subsequently bought the property of William Verbeke, No. 404 Broad street, now Verbeke street, where he was engaged in business for himself until the war broke out.






VERBEKE, WILLIAM K., city controller, was born in Harrisburg over three score and ten years ago, and has seen Pennsylvania's capital grow from a village to a most important municipality. His parents came from Holland and lived for some years in Philadelphia, subsequently moving to Harrisburg in 1817, when it was but a borough of about 2,000 inhabitants. Mr. Verbeke received a liberal education, is a fine scholar and a writer of much strength and elegance. His people excelled in mathematics, an aptness which he seems to have inherited. It is doubtful if there is a single individual in Harrisburg who can calculate with the rapidity and accuracy he does. This faculty which he possesses makes him a valuable officer to the financial department of the city. In addition to this he is a thorough financier, surveying with an eagle eye the financial situation, and drawing conclusions there from which seldom fail to be verified and sustained. His efficiency in the office of controller and the esteem in which he is held by the citizens generally are clearly shown in his having been elected to the position of controller consecutively since 1883, though he was pitted against the strongest candidates that could be found.

Almost from the time Harrisburg was created a borough down to the present time, he has represented the citizens of Harrisburg either in council or on the school board, and they regarded him with such favor as to make him mayor of the city previous to his election as controller. He is modest and unassuming in manner, and his personal worth and ability to discharge his official duties, the spirit in which he beautified the city in various ways with his means, his charity manifest in giving homes to many homeless, his generous contribution to the cause of humanity in the late war, have endeared him to the people and they consider that there is nothing too good to bestow upon him. He is their beau ideal of a man, a careful, prudent and efficient officer, loved and esteemed by all, and it is predicted that as long as Mr. Verbeke will consent he will continue to fill the office of controller.

As a representative fireman, being the oldest but one in point of continuous service, he is just as highly esteemed for the valuable service he has rendered the city in that way. He helped to organize the Good Will Fire Company and has been its worthy president ever since, except during the years he was filing the office of mayor and was compelled to devote his entire attention to that office. Nothing pleases him more than to relate incidents of by-gone days or to participate in public occasions with his brother firemen.

Verbeke, William K., p. 317 & 318


VERBEKE, MARION, wife of William K. Verbeke, was born in Harrisburg, November 9, 1829, and died March 8, 1896. Her body rests in the family burying ground in the Harrisburg cemetery. She was the eldest daughter of Charles and Eliza Anderson, and was married, January 3, 1849, to William K. Verbeke, the present city controller of Harrisburg. In speaking of Mrs. Verbeke's death the Harrisburg Telegraph of March 9, 1896, says:

"The friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Marion Verbeke will be pained to learn of her death, which occurred last evening, at 7:30 o'clock. Her sickness was of long duration, and of much suffering, which she bore patiently and uncomplainingly. Being of a mild, gentle and happy disposition she made home one of unalloyed bliss and tenderness. Her affection and solicitude for the welfare, comfort and care of her family were unbounded. Her friends loved her for her sunny ways, and their friendships were strong and enduring. She has passed away, but the memory of this good, true woman remains.

"We recall her active life in the church which was dear to her heart. Steadfast to her duties to the end, what a noble Christian character she leaves behind as a solace to the loved ones of her household. With her family cares and her numerous public duties, which were of daily occurrence, she found time when the first soldiers of the war were brought into the improvised hospitals, with a heart full of love for her country and pity for the poor, unfortunate volunteer, sick and wounded, many of them mere boys away from home and friends, to minister to their daily wants. She took with her the choicest delicacies, wines, liquors, preserves -- everything that was nice, palatable and strengthening to them, which they so much needed -- and with a mother's care and tenderness nursed them and watched them until recovery, and when they left they blessed her for what she had done. She never tired of this work, but from the earliest period of the war until the close she was the constant attendant at the hospitals, caring alike even for the wounded Confederates from the battlefield of Gettysburg and though she done this she was bold enough to condemn them for the part they took in their unholy war. Often she was opportuned to prepare a history of the hospital service of Harrisburg, for which she was offered pay, her services and knowledge of them being complete, so much so that no other one person could have given the facts she knew and the different actors who were associated with her. In honor of these great services, as a token of their real appreciation of her noble work, one of our Pennsylvania regiments conferred the honor upon her of electing her "Daughter of the Regiment." Well she deserved it. No history of the participants of the bloody struggle from I861 to 1865 can be written without giving Mrs. Marion Verbeke a prominent place as an active, energetic, untiring agent in the military hospital service. All her labors were free, given with heartfelt pleasure, never looking for remuneration, with no other motive than to do good to a fellow-being. Such a lovely, generous woman, one of our own people, has passed away, but the memory of her will be ever fresh and green among us and shall never perish. She leaves, beside her husband, two sons, William K., of Phoenixville, and Marion, of this city, and a daughter, Miss Gertrude."



Henry W. Gough was married in Philadelphia, August 25, 1885, to Miss Jennie L. Cope, daughter of John and Mary Cope, residents of Harrisburg. They had three children, Mary Lewis, William Bailey, and John Edwin. Mr. Gough is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, NO. 464, F. & A. M., Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, and Dauphin Encampment, No. 10, I. O. O. F. He is an active politician in the ranks of the Republican party. he has creditably represented the First ward in common council for two terms, and is now a member of select council from that ward He was twice nominated for the office of city comptroller, but was defeated by W. K. Verbeke, the present incumbent. Mr. and Mrs. Gough are consistent members of the Market Square Presbyterian church.

Winter of 1977

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Here are some pictures from the worst winter we had while on the farm. Click to enlarge the photo's.







Winter Diary

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 Whenever people talk about Winter's cold weather, I will often say, "What will you do when winter gets here?" Why do I say that... becuase when I was growing up, winter did indeed come ONE year. My family's experiences during Jan 1977 were reprinted in 1983 by our local paper. You can find them below.


  • Interstate 80 was called the Keystone Shortway. It was less than a mile from our farm.
  • We had built a freestall barn with a milking parlor in 1973. The original bank barn was being used to house the heifers and the calves (thus the 'heifer' barn).
  • At the time of this diary, I was 16 and my brother Victor was 17. Along with my father Henry, we were the 'men' that my mother refers to. ;-)
  • The Feb 6 entry that mentions the whole family included help from Kathy (15), Sarah (13), Ruth (11), and Dave (9). That was a day!!


Winter Diary

January 22, 1983 DuBois Courier-Express

Editor's note -- The following excerpts are from the journal of Mrs. Henry (Margaret) Verbeke, farm wife. She relates the family struggle to keep all systems going on their dairy farm in Beechwoods, during the severe cold winter of January 1977.

JAN. 17 -- Extremely cold, never above five degrees above zero all day. We found the water frozen between the milking parlor and the first waterer and have been carrying water to it all day. There were also problems with the milk tank compressor.

JAN. 19 -- Prolonged cold is freezing all rivers and lakes making the shipping of oil, gas and salt for roads very hard.

JAN. 24 -- Sort of a warming trend with two days in the twenties. They were able to scrape the barn of all frozen manure.

JAN. 25 -- The water is frozen between the shop and the old milk house, making chores at the heifer barn much harder.

JAN. 27 -- Governor Shapp ordered all schools closed yesterday. High winds caused drifting. A "drunk" got us out of bed at 2:30 a.m. He was stuck in the snow. Henry pulled him out. After many more "pull-outs" I finally called PennDOT and a huge pay loader came and worked two hours clearing the road. We should be O.K. for a while.

JAN. 28 -- Writing this at 5 p.m. in the afternoon. The weather has been freakish all day. The bank thermometer registered 34 degrees. The first above freezing mark since Christmas. This afternoon a regular blizzard came and by 4 p.m. the temperature was down to two below zero. We listened to the radio, everything was canceled. The shortway was closed and route 28 is closed. Our road is open because of yesterday's plowing. Our phone is out. I just hope the electricity stays on.

JAN. 29 -- 15 degrees below zero. Henry to barns at 5 a.m. to check water.

JAN. 30 (Sunday) When Henry went out at 5 a.m. the water wasn't running in the milkhouse. However the problem was resolved. We are now letting it run all the time. The salt mixture on roads and streets isn't working very well as it is too cold. We have had no mail or newspaper for two days. Church was chilly, and many churches canceled. There is no traffic at all. The wind is even worse than yesterday.

JAN. 31 --  Minus 5 degrees. Henry and I were up at 4:40. The water is still running in the barn. Henry takes a bucket of hot water to the old barn to use to unthaw things.

FEB. 2 -- Days run into days much the same. It has been 10 degrees above, the last two mornings. I heard that the average temperature for DuBois for January was 10 degrees above zero. Today is the day it is finally to get into the twenties. The ensilage is frozen on the west-side of the silo. The men must keep crawling up and adjusting the unloader. Henry thaws spigots and drinking cups at 5 a.m. We check at midnight to make sure of everything. Last night we saw on t.v. a farmer letting milk out of  a tank and down the drain, as milk trucks can't get through. There is really not that much snow but the wind and drifting are bad. The snow piles along the road are over 10 feet high. I can't see a car passing except at the driveway. Our kids have been off school a week now.

FEB. 3 -- We are staying up all night to keep water running to the barn. At 9:30 a.m. this morning our fear of a shut-off materialized. They were pumping from spring to cistern as usual and no water was coming up. We called the Falls Creek Fire Company and they brought us a tank full (1500 gallons.)

FEB. 4 -- Staying up all night to keep water recycled from milk house back to cistern. We can't waste any water by letting it run so we catch it in tubs and carry it back to the cistern.

FEB. 6 -- The days and nights run together. I did not write last night, as I "slept", was tired from going to the barn every one and a half hours. Temperatures dropped to five below zero again. It is a test of endurance. We decided to buy 600 feet of plastic pipe and lay a new line on top of the ground from the spring to the cistern. It required heating the pipe in the cellar with the "salamander heater." The whole family had to help to get it heated and uncoiled as it was big, stiff and unwieldy. Finally all systems were go and everything was ready for the big test. It worked!
        Meanwhile the water in the cistern was getting lower and lower. I called Falls Creek Fireman and they said water was on the way. They are true volunteer firemen. My mind is so much easier tonight knowing that there is water for the cattle. Everybody has worked so hard these last two days to keep everything going. The cows seem to be holding up fine.

FEB. 7 -- I just returned from my hourly trip to the barn. Zero degree temperatures the last two nights. I heard on the t.v. that it has been below freezing, 40 out of the last 43 days. We are still plagued with frozen ensilage. They got some special teeth for the silo unloader only to find out they would not fit. So we still have to crawl up and dig ensilage away from the sides when the sun shines on the one side.

FEB. 9 -- The thermometer stayed at 32-34 degrees since 2 p.m. this afternoon. This is the first time since Christmas Day that it really got above freezing.

FEB. 14 -- Almost a week of warm weather, 20 degrees, 40 degrees, even 50 degrees. The snow piles really went down around here. I'm taking it easy today after two weeks on the "night shift."

FEB. 24 -- I read that this winter comes out as the coldest in 177 years. The worst since the founding of the republic. It was three weeks last night, since I took over the "night shift" at the barn. It is not over yet as the frost will be in the ground for a long time.

Silver Maple

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On Oct 13, 2009, we cut down our dying silver maple in our yard. We had nursed it along for a number of years, but it was finally time to remove it. We had planted a Red Maple to replace it 10 years ago and this should provide some shade for our deck as it grows.

Below are pictures and videos documented by Laurie.

First Branch Taken Off: The first branch that they cut off actually "re-planted" itself in the yard.

Falling Tree #1

Falling Tree #2

Falling Tree #3: Upper limb breaks off

Falling Tree #4


Tree Down

Tree Down: Showing the wedges used and the rot in the upper side

Tree Down: Rot Close-up

Tree Down: Limb broken in fall close-up

Tree Down: trunk close-up

Silver Maple Video #1: Cutting Rot

Silver Maple Video #2: Slow and Careful

Silver Maple Video #3: Almost There

Silver Maple Video #4: Snap and Pop

Silver Maple Video #5: Falling Down

Google Maps Gadget

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The Google Maps gadget allows you to give individuals a quick and easy way to find their way to you.

To test this out, I used the code generated by their Add this gadget to your webpage with both my home and work addresses. You can add several, separate addresses with a | symbol.

309 Elm Ave Clearfield PA 16830 | Agricultural Administration, University Park, PA 16802 (Penn State University Park)

In my sidebar you can add your address as a starting point. Then you can choose between either of my 2 locations to get directions to these spots. 

If you use a Penn State blog as I do,  Here are steps to add your code to your blog.

    1. Go to Google's Add this gadget to your webpage and generate the code for your blog.
    2. Highlight and copy this code. 
    3. Log on to http://blogs.psu.edu and enter your blog.
    4. Click the Design link on top then select Widgets.
    5. Under Widget Templates, choose Create widget template.

    6. Enter a name for the widget. Example: Google Maps Directions

    7. Click on Line 1 and paste in the code from the Google site.

    8. Click Save.

    9. You can now review How To Add and Remove Sidebar Widgets from the ITS Help site to add the Widget to your sidebar.

    10. Publish your blog and the new Widget should be there. Good Luck!

To read more about the gadget, check out this Google blog entry. 


You have successfully updated your password

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Today I received a phishing email with a ZIP file attached (called 'updated-password.zip') Our Exchange sever is protected by Ninja and it will normally block these from the end user if they have a virus payload. So I was a bit stunned to see it. Here is the original email. You can easily tell that this is not a valid email.


From: service@psu.edu [mailto:service@psu.edu]
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 9:56 PM
To: Vince Verbeke
Subject: You have successfully updated your password

Dear user vcv1,

You have successfully updated the password of your Psu account.

If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with your account, please contact Psu customer service at: service@psu.edu

Thank you for using Psu!
The Psu Support Team

+++ Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
+++ Psu Antivirus - www.psu.edu


Being the curious type I wanted to see (safely) the contents of the ZIP file. I have a program called Sandboxie that allows you to run programs in a Sandbox. I then downloaded and ran the 'updated-password.zip' file to see what immerged.

All I received was a text file that said the following:


The file "updated-password.htm                                                                      .exe" was found to be infected with W32/Mytob.PR@mm (exact) by Authentium and has been quarantined.


Another email engine, protected by Authentium, had already cleaned the virus before our Ninja software was able to see it.


What is COOL though is the file name. Note how it would have just looked like 'updated-password.htm' to a cursory glance.

But there are 70 SPACES in the file name to mask the .EXE at the end. So they intended for me to double click on a 'safe' file that ended in .HTM when instead I would have been launching a malware EXE installer.


Add Yakety Sax to anything

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Cool mashup for Benny Hill fans.




You can paste in the YouTube Video Id (ex: AtJDcYtb8co) from this one.




and then send that link out




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Tech Ed 2008 Security Videos

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Today was finally able to take the time to look at the Tech Ed 2008 (Tech·Ed North America 2008 IT Pros) sessions from back in June. Lots of good stuff here on security. There are 3 links below. The first requires that you have a Windows Live ID login. The second should just open in your video player.


You can browse or download more of the sessions from here:




Windows Security Boundaries

In this session, learn what constitutes a security boundary; get a tour through core Windows technologies, including user sessions, Code Integrity, PatchGuard, Service Security Hardening, and User Account Control, to learn where Windows currently defines such boundaries; and gain insight into why application compatibility and user experience make defining boundaries much more difficult than it might seem. Speaker: Mark Russinovich (session SEC372).


At 55:25, he starts discussing Vista's UAC.







A Hackers Diary: How I Can Hack Your Vulnerable Services and How You Can Stop Me

This live session demonstrates how a hacker will try to exploit vulnerable applications in order to compromise remote systems and how you can defend yourself from such attacks. Marcus Murray of the TrueSec Security Team exposes the latest and greatest in exploitation frameworks using live demonstrations and at the same time demonstrates and talks about countermeasures that are effective in the real world. The countermeasures discussion includes a step-by-step-approach using the latest technology from Microsoft, as well as the processes needed for a successful security implementation. Speaker: Marcus Murray (session SEC354).






His notes from the session are on his blog. From 42:00 to 45:00 you get a chilling warning of why hacker's hack and why we should be upgrading to up-to-date software. It is inherently more secure than old software. 



Windows Logins Revealed

Every day we log into our Windows systems. But what really happens when we do? How DO our workstations and our domain controllers exchange logon information without revealing our passwords? Security hardening guides talk about how scary old-style LM, NTLM and NTLMv2 logons are, but why EXACTLY do they say that--particularly when it's practically impossible to keep all of the old-style logins from happening even in the most modern network? How DOES AD's favorite logon protocol, Kerberos, work? Join expert Windows explainer and security geek Mark Minasi in an in-depth look at how Windows logins work, how they can not work (and how you can fix them) as well as how to better secure them. After seeing this talk, you will have NO excuses for not tweaking those group policy security settings! Speaker: Mark Minasi (session SEC450).







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