Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
1,440 people have taken the pledge online as of 3 p.m. Friday, 11/12!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of theArmistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.
The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President (Calvin Coolidge) issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
If you already have a backyard compost bin or pile, you know the drill. If not, check with your municipal waste management service to see if they collect compostable materials for their own composting facility. Many farmers markets also have a drop-off spot for compostable materials so check with them. If you'd like to start your own backyard compost, learn more at GreenYour's guide to making your own compost. If you're just getting started with your Halloween pumpkin, follow these steps:
- Scoop out the seeds and insides. If you've used your pumpkin as a jack o lantern, this step is already done. If not, make sure you remove the seeds before composting, as they will sprout if you do not. Don't let the insides go to waste: You can roast the seeds for a tasty treat, and use the flesh from the inside to make soup or other dishes.
- Be sure to remove candles and wax from the inside and decorations from the outside before composting.
- Cut or smash the pumpkin into small pieces. Left whole, the pumpkin may start to mold.
- Find a place in your yard to compost. You'll need to find a place where a pile of decomposing pumpkin and leaves will not detract from your landscaping and has good drainage and adequate sunshine in the winter.
- Add fallen leaves to the pumpkin pieces in your chosen spot. Avoid large sticks and branches as they take a long time to decompose.
- Add more organic matter as you can. Kitchen scraps, like fruit and vegetable peels, work nicely, as does yard waste, egg shells, coffee grounds, and newspaper.
- You can place this compost pile in a container, like a garbage pail, or acomposting bin if you choose. This is not necessary but will make it easier to collect and spread to your lawn and garden in the spring.
- Your compost is ready to use when it looks like dark, crumbly soil.