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May the Best Lobster Win the Independence Day Race

Cherry pie, a parade, fireworks – and lobster racing?
The basic ingredients of July 4 are familiar to most, but some communities have a few funky traditions of their own come Independence Day. Below are six of the strangest of them, from California to Maine to Denmark:

1. Marshmallow fighting
Ocean Beach, Calif., a seaside neighborhood of San Diego, is in a sticky situation.
Since the 1980s, revelers have held a gigantic marshmallow fight on the town’s beach, and more than 600 pounds of the fluffy stuff have been used in recent years.

“The marshmallow fight is pretty awesome,” said one San Diego resident to KPBS Radio in June. “People go out and thoroughly enjoy themselves.”

Though many cherish the tradition, some residents have become uncomfortable with the “mob-like” atmosphere of the event, and the town council has voted to halt the fight.
The rub is that it lacks the authority to do so, and police have noted that throwing marshmallows does not qualify as assault.

So for the time being the gooey fight is on. Just don’t expect a warm welcome from all the local shopkeepers.

2. Lobster racing
The town of Bar Harbor, Maine, doesn’t shy away from stereotypes come Independence Day.
While some parts of the country host horse or dog races in certain venues, local businesses in this Down East island town put forth lobsters for an annual derby.

Apparently, crustaceans aren’t the most capable sportsmen: Some rush to the finish line, but others amble around confused, or bolt in the wrong direction.

“It’s absurd,” said event director Dan Ashmail to The New York Times in 2009. “And the funny thing is, lobsters are not predictable.”

3. Hot dog binging

Eating a frank is pretty normal on July 4, but eating 69 of them in 10 minutes is not.
That’s the record set by competitive eater Joey Chestnut at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place on New York's Coney Island on Independence Day.

The gastronomic challenge has taken place since 1916, but controversies have scarred the event in recent years.

In 2010, former six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested after storming the awards ceremony in protest of his exclusion from the event due to a contractual dispute.
“It was extremely unfortunate and a little bizarre,” said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea to the New York Post.

Mr. Kobayashi has since claimed to have broken the 69-dog record before Mr. Chestnut, further fanning the flames of controversy in the world of competitive eating.
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July Is:
• Parks and Recreation Month
• Men’s Anti-Boredom Month
• National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
• National Hot Dog Month
• National Ice Cream Month
• National Blueberry Month
• National Baked Bean Month
• Unlucky Month for Weddings
• National Picnic Month
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Birthday Shout Out to Michelle Tucker (aka Jeana Lyles) Happy 33rd Birthday. We hope you have a fantastic day!
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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
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History's Father’s, and you thought YOUR dad was interesting …

1.Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply in 1896.

2.George Washington, the celebrated Father of Our Country, had no children of his own. Researchers believe that childhood illnesses may have rendered him sterile. He did adopt the two children from Martha Custis' first marriage.

3.In the underwater world of the seahorse, it's the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.

4.In 1950, after the Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Someday I hope to meet you," he wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

5.A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin's teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher's favorite. Pooh comes from the name of Christopher's pet swan (of course).

6.Kurt Vonnegut was (for a short time) Geraldo Rivera's father-in-law. Rivera's marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in 1974 because of his womanizing. Her ever-protective father was quoted as saying, "If I see Gerry again, I'll spit in his face." He also included an unflattering character named Jerry Rivers (a chauffeur) in a few of his books.

7.Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a boxer.

8.The voice of Papa Smurf, Don Messick, also provided the voice of Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith on Yogi Bear, and Astro and RUDI on The Jetsons.

9.In 2001, Yuri Usachev, cosmonaut and commander of the International Space Station, received a talking picture frame from his 12-year-old daughter while in orbit. The gift was made possible by RadioShack, which filmed the presentation of the gift for a TV commercial.

10.The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.

11.Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, through hundreds of marathons and triathlons. Rick cannot speak, but using a custom-designed computer he has been able to communicate. They ran their first five-mile race together when Rick was in high school. When they were done, Rick sent his father this message: "Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"
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One of our baby's singing Jesus Loves Me! So proud!
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What’s in an Estate Plan

An estate plan is a key part of your retirement plan.
Baby Boomers and others spend time creating their retirement plans, but they may skip having an estate plan. This oversight can create havoc for their surviving family members.
Making a will or an estate plan is a task that doesn't have a sense of urgency around it, says Carol Kroch director of wealth planning a Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, Del. People just think they'll deal with it later.
There are three important considerations: Your property and financial assets; your children; and medical decisions.
* If you have property and assets, use an estate-planning lawyer to help you. It's especially important if you were married more than once.
* Check your beneficiaries so they are in line with your wishes.
* Discuss your plan with family members so they understand them.
* Make sure your plans don't violate state laws.
* Name a health care proxy who can also handle your financial affairs if you aren't able to.
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Turkey Pinwheel

Ingredients
• 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
• ¾ cup soft bread crumbs
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
• ¾ cup shredded Italian cheese blend
• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
• 1.4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons ketchup
• ¼ cup shredded Italian cheese blend
• ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
Directions

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a rack into a broiler pan.
• Mix together the ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, 1 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper in a bowl; pat the mixture out onto the...
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Happy Hump Day!
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Safety First!
Protect Against Falls

It’s time to repair broken steps, clean out the medicine cabinet, and install lighting in dim hallways – June is National Safety Month. This event, which brings national attention to accident prevention, is sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

During National Safety Month, NSC helps Americans to prevent injuries and accidental deaths by calling attention to common safety and health risks.

The National Safety Month Web site provides a list of tips for protecting against accidental falls, both at home and at work:

• Aisles, stairs and walkways should be clutter-free; spills should be wiped, dropped objects picked up and cabinet drawers closed when not in use.
• Use handrails in stairways; take one step at a time and report or repair broken stairs or loose stair coverings.
• Apply nonskid floor coatings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely. Slow down and take small steps when walking on a wet or slippery surface.
• Inspect ladders before and after every use.

The Web site also includes specific tips for aging adults, including:

• Wear proper footwear. Athletic shoes greatly reduce the risk of falls among the elderly. The risk of falling increases if in stocking feet or barefoot.
• Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce chances of slipping on linoleum.
• Store frequently used items in easy-to-reach areas.
• Exercise regularly. The stronger the body, the more likely a person is to sustain a fall with minimal injury.

Following these tips, as well as the others detailed on the National Safety Month Web site, promotes safety around the home, on the road, and at the workplace.

“Safety First” is “Safety Always” ~ Charles M. Hayes
Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent ~ Author unknown
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Fly Your Flag Proudly!

Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.
In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.
The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
The American flag, also nicknamed as “Old Glory” or “star-spangled banner”, has changed designs over the centuries. It consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. Each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.
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Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops

• 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed
• 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
• ¼ cup white sugar
• 8 small paper cups or popsicle molds
• 8 popsicle sticks
1. Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and sugar into a blender. Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired.

2. Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup.

3. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.
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Since 1984 All About Roofing Company, has been providing quality roofing systems for Greensboro/Burlington and surrounding areas. We provide quality roofing products and first class craftsmanship. All About Roofing Company is factory trained and certified to provide good advice about products and procedures, to help educate you so you can choose what is best for your needs.

We here at All About Roofing Company are dedicated, reliable, experienced, top-notch professionals providing the best roofing systems. We are a preferred roofing contractor who has factory credentials and the knowledge & expertise of an experienced roofing contractor. Only 1% of all contractors qualify for this status. That allows us to offer Integrity Roofing Systems, with extended manufacture warranties. This is the highest achievement possible for a roofing contractor.

Our Roofing specialists are trained to design a roofing system for your family and home. Our roofing technicians are trained to spot and repair roofing problems that otherwise could be costly and led to further damages. All About Roofing Company is family owned and operated. We are very family oriented and strive to treat your family like our own. Our goal is to provide quality and satisfaction to surpass anything in our industry.

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