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Colton Corner: Neighbors helping neighbors and the intricate details of making toast with a blowtorch

The Colton Rural Fire Protection District No. 70 firefighters had a busy four days during the recent ice storm, responding to 31 service calls between Feb. 12-16.

A majority of the calls were for downed power lines and fallen trees, however they also responded to two mutual aid fires with Molalla's fire department.

According to CRFPD spokesperson Lt. Chris Cohoon, the fire station has an auto switch generator so when the community lost power it automatically turned on and kept the station viable for all emergencies and aid.

PMG PHOTO: LISA HORDICHOK - A little reminder that it's always good to remove your basketball from the lawn when you're done playing with it.

The things we do and the things we learn

So, what happened in Colton when the power goes out?

Neighbors helped neighbors. Those with generators offered heat, warm meals, showers and laundry options to those in the community without power.

And people took photos. While some of them are of the damage for insurance purposes, is seemed as though most were more artsy.

My favorite shares during the ice storm in Colton were recipes to make on the outside grill, on top of the wood stove or the one I had to try — making toast with a blowtorch. Once all my melting ice cream was consumed, I had to give blowtorch toast a try.

Because I cheat and light my woodstove with a blowtorch and I still had half a loaf of bread left, I was excited for the prospect of a fire to do bread experiments.

I gave the process some thought before starting. I would have to keep the torch moving quickly to keep from creating the Cajun dish, "blackened" bread. I also, decided it probably would be wise not to have the bread on a paper plate while torching, or maybe even a ceramic dish, as that might absorb the heat (things I have learned while removing food from the microwave).

Thinking outside the serving box, I grabbed a griddle on which to lay the bread and was ready for ignition. I learned to melt butter into the bread and how to burn bread to smithereens, but finally I accomplished a crispy piece on which to spread peanut butter.


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