April 16, 2014

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Football history spanning all the way from the ancient Greeks to modern day American Print E-mail

Fall is in the air and the football season is upon us again. Time to pull out your favorite hoodie and head out to root for your favorite team, be it NFL, college or the local high school. Regardless, be for sure that football as we know it today has come a far cry from its beginnings and gone through a lot of changes along the way.

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10 easy recycling tips Print E-mail

Recycling is easy when you know what you’re doing. You can get the whole family involved, reuse things you already have, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Borrow an idea from Shopgirl and turn a basic pine hutch into an orderly recycling center. The best part is it corrals everything and, after adding items, you can close the door. Organization is the key to recycling daily. Before planning your cabinet, check with your local recycling center to learn what materials are accepted; plan your space accordingly.

Sort and store: Save drink holders to corral used cans and bottles. Wrap newspapers with twine and then simply stack them. Plastic lids and caps are generally made of a different material than their containers and need to be sorted separately.

Practical placement: Collect used household batteries to take to local drop-offs. Reuse shredded papers as packing material. Gather old phone books and magazines in a wire bin.

The hang-up: Keep a towel handy to wipe up spills. Scissors are useful for cutting twine or breaking down boxes. Post a recycling guide for quick reference. And don’t forget a hook for your reusable grocery bag.

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Right choices can make growing older more pleasant Print E-mail

No one can keep from growing older, but we all can choose how we do so. Many factors about our physical and mental conditions as we age are up to us. While some people seem to age without serious health issues and with good mental state others are less fortunate. However, regardless of our circumstances, we all have choices to make about our lives as we age.

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Purpose in your life can help ward off dementia completely Print E-mail

By: Patricia A. Boyle, PhD

You already know that staying physically and mentally active may help stave off dementia, but researchers have found yet another protective trick—having a purpose in life.

Now, I don’t mean having a goal that has a definite end point, such as telling yourself that you’ll run a marathon or write a novel.

For brain protection, having a purpose in life is a little bit different.

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The September 11 Memorial is dedicated to all the lives lost in the 2001 terrorists' attacks on Americans Print E-mail

Though years have past, no American of age to realize the enormity of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has forgotten the suffering and destruction of that day. Though many experienced it all only through images projected on a television screen, the horror of the actions of a few resulting in great agony to so many was unbelievable and heartbreaking. There was much pain in personal loss for thousands and as a nation for millions in the assault on our country.

The September attacks were a series of four suicide attacks that were committed in the United States on September 11, 2001, coordinated to strike the areas of New York City and Washington, D.C. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally piloted two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours.

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Hopefully we as Americans never take for granted the wonderful privilege of voting Print E-mail

What once was a fought for opportunity of freedom has become a resented duty or even worse an often neglected privilege among Americans. With many things that come too easily also  comes neglect.

Before the hard fought and costly battle to break free from Great Britain, there was no citizenry or government to vote for or within. Then after years of struggle, America became its own nation and a privileged few could vote.

The United States presidential election of 1788–1789 was the first presidential election in the United States of America and the only election to ever take place in a year that is not a multiple of four. The election took place following the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788. In this election, George Washington was elected for the first of his two terms as president, and John Adams became the first vice-president.

Before this election, the United States had no chief executive. Under the previous system agreed to under Articles of Confederation, the national government was headed by the Confederation Congress, which had a ceremonial presiding officer and several executive departments, but no independent executive branch.

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What to do in the garden in September Print E-mail

By Marie Iannotti, About.com Guide

September should bring relief to gardens in the Northern Hemisphere and signal the start of a new season for gardeners in areas that have been too warm for anything but hothouse tropicals, as well as southern hemisphere gardeners. So whether you are beginning the process of putting your garden to bed or gearing up for a fresh start, September can be one of the busiest months in the garden. Let's just hope the weather cooperates.

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Harrison County soldier receives purple heart for courageous actions Print E-mail

By: Jessie Beckett

SPC/4, David Leland Chamberlin, 25, of Harrison County, of the 173rd Airborne, 1/504th in the United States Army, was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge after sustaining life threatening injuries in Charkh, Afganistan. He was wounded by a 40mm rifle grenade and took three rounds from an AK-47.

David's patrol element went out under the cover of darkness, to pull security and report enemy movement, about 3:30 a.m., on August 23, 2012. They had just received word at day break to pick up and link with the rest of the platoon when a rifle grenade went off about three feet away from David and a fellow soldier.  His fellow soldier was unharmed,  but  David was directly hit. David described his reaction, "I felt a sharp pain in my right hip and a white flash and a lot of heat from the explosion. Immediately afterwards we started taking accurate fire from two or three AK-47's about 150 meters away from our position. I rolled behind a wall because I couldn’t move my legs. Then I realized my rifle had been blown out of my hands so I rolled back into the open to get it and started returning fire."

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Wall of honor for all military branches Print E-mail

The Veterans Wall of Honor is a unique national monument that honors all veterans, living and deceased, for their service and sacrifices to secure our freedom. Dedicated on Veterans Day 2008, it sits on a 2 ½ acre hilltop site in the historic Heritage Park in McDonough, Georgia.

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How to self-apply acupressure to vanquish nausea in any situation Print E-mail

It’s common for people to suffer nausea after having surgery -- and it’s not only uncomfortable but also provokes concern for issues of immobility, incisions and fresh sutures. Curiously, no matter how sophisticated and complex your surgical procedure may have been, an effective antidote to the nausea may be a simple and drug-free one, placing pressure at a certain point on your wrist. There have been numerous studies on this in the last several years, and recently a Cochrane review confirmed that stimulating the wrist acupressure point significantly reduces the risk of postsurgery nausea and vomiting for many people.

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