What happens when a community tradition is in jeopardy? Someone steps us to save the day! That’s what happened recently in Melba, when Heidi Stirm stepped up to take over the job of making homemade noodles for the Melba Community Bazaar and the Melba Auction.
The Melba Valley Grange has provided noodles for over 40 years, but due to the fact that they are no longer an organization, the tradition of homemade chicken noodle soup was in question. When Mrs. Stirm heard that the Grange was not able to make their famous noodles she volunteered to take on the project as a classroom activity.
Mrs. Stirm, who teaches Consumer Science at Melba High School, has been a community-minded person for many years. She has served on the board for the Melba Little League, produces the community calendar, is a 4-H leader, and continually volunteers her time and talents for many community events. Mrs. Stirm prepared a lesson for her students that provided several different learning outcomes.
With the help of Marlene Rogers she organized and directed 120 students in the dough making, kneading, rolling, noodle cutting, drying, weighing and packaging of 144 lbs. of noodles. They used 200 lbs. of flour and 35 dozen eggs. Her classes loved the project. Students hurried to class so they could be sure to get the job of operating the noodle cutter. One group wanted to make the longest noodle in the world, and did create a 15 foot noodle, but no Guinness World Record for them.
Mrs. Stirm made sure the students understood the process of making noodles, and also that community is important, and every citizen of that community has a responsibility in keeping traditions alive. She taught that when a group of people work together, they can create great things. And most of all, her example taught that individuals needs to be willing to do their part, and more, when it’s needed.
Homemade chicken noodle soup will be served at the Melba Community Bazaar on Saturday, November 2, 2013 and again
at the Melba Community Auction on January 25, 2014. Be sure
to come and taste the fruits of a great lesson.