Summer Nutrition

Summer can mean a lot of barbecues and fair food, but it is possible to make healthy food choices if you put your mind to it!  For example, instead of buying that ice cream cone try putting a bag of fresh snap peas into your bag – that way it's ready when you have the urge to eat unhealthy. …

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Keying Ahead

Typewriters may be a machine from the past, but one thing remains the same with the computers of today – the key layout.  The first-ever typewriters had keys that were laid out alphabetically, but this caused the metal bars to get tangled when used quickly.  A newspaper editor in Wisconsin came up with keyboard layout we use today (called…

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Game Songs

Part of the excitement of the baseball season is the atmosphere of the crowd and the songs sung during and after the game. Jack Norworth wrote the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in 15 minutes, but it was thirty-two years later when he attended his first baseball game!  Alabama's 1993 hit called, "Cheap Seats" is about enjoying…

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The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia had to be cast three times.  The last cast worked, but it cracked 82 years later during a memorial service for jurist John Marshall.  It's made up of 70% copper and 25% tin.  The other 5% is made up of gold, silver, zinc, lead and arsenic.  It originally weighted about 2,080 pounds. Newsletter July…

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Happy Birthday America

July 4, 2008 marks 232 years since the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Before the Declaration, 13 colonies existed under the rule of England's King George III.  There had been growing unrest particularly because the King levied taxes on the colonists, who had no political representation to the King or parliament. In 1774, the colonies sent delegates…

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A ‘Yes’ Face

During Thomas Jefferson's presidency he and a group of travelers were crossing a river that had overflowed its banks. Each man crossed on horseback fighting for his life. A lone traveler watched the group traverse the treacherous river and then asked President Jefferson to take him across. The president agreed without hesitation, the man climbed on, and the two…

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July 4th – Independance Day

Here are a few things that have happen in history on this historic day: July 4, 1776 – The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. July 4, 1863– Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River, surrendered to Gen. Grant and the Army of the West after a six week siege. With the Union in…

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