Wikipedia reports “Filipendula ulmaria, commonly known as meadowsweet is a perennial herb in the family Rosaceae that grows in damp meadows. It is native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia (Near east and Middle east). It has been introduced and naturalised in North America.

In 1897, Felix Hoffmann created a synthetically altered version of salicin, derived from the species, which caused less digestive upset than pure salicylic acid. The new drug, formally acetylsalicylic acid, was named aspirin by Hoffman’s employer Bayer AG… This gave rise to the class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).”

Black Snakeroot


Wikipedia reports “Actaea racemosa (black cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot, fairy candle; syn. Cimicifuga racemosa) is a species of flowering plant of the family Ranunculaceae. It is native to eastern North America from the extreme south of Ontario to central Georgia, and west to Missouri and Arkansas. It grows in a variety of woodland habitats, and is often found in small woodland openings. The roots and rhizomes have long been used medicinally by Native Americans. Extracts from these plant materials are thought to possess analgesic, sedative, and anti-inflammatory properties.”

Union Dale Fireman’s Picnic


It’s picnic season again!

Come out tonight through Saturday and help benefit the Union Dale Volunteer Fire Company!

The Fire Company’s job – all year ’round, volunteer their time and effort to continuously train and educate themselves in fire, rescue, and medical care, purchase and maintain rescue equipment, expand the fire house to properly store the new equipment, plan and run the picnic and various fund-raising events so they can be equipped and prepared to help the community when we need it the most. These folks may serve you a hamburger with a smile this week, but they are dedicated, prepared and willing to take care of you should your home, vehicle, life, or family ever become imperilled.

Our job – a few days a year, eat some delicious pizza, pierogies, clams, have a beer or soda, meet new friends or visit with old friends – some of whom we may only see a couple of times a year, hear and tell stories to each other, laugh, play bingo, peruse the flea market tables, check out the tractor pulls, listen to music and dance.

A really fun way to enjoy the community of folks here on The Hill, and, at the same time, contribute to a cause that is literally of life and death importance to each of us and our neighbors!


Happy Independence Day!


Already last evening, one could hear distant reports of fireworks echoing through the valleys around The Hill.

Tonight promises more of the same, and the weather is forecasted to be archetypical 4th of July – hot!

Why not stop by Stone Bridge this evening and enjoy Party on the Patio with Blue London?

And if you don’t get your fill of music and fireworks tonight, keep in mind, the Union Dale Fire Company Picnic next week will include music nightly, and fireworks on Friday the 12th!