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• Driving the long haul to a specific destination requires choosing a route. It’s easy now, but, following World War II, the U.S. government was faced with a problem: many Americans buying cars and not enough roads on which to drive them. The solution was the Federal Highway System. The major routes are denoted by one or two numbers, and spurs off of them are three-numbered routes. Northsouth routes bear odd numbers, and east-west routes bear even numbers. Route numbers become larger as one moves from east to west or north to south. • As more and more cars started to overwhelm the Federal Highway System, a need grew for a bigger route system. The government embarked on the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. A second factor bearing on the design for this system was national defense. If the country was threatened by an invasion, a way was needed to quickly transport resources to the region under threat. The Interstate System provided for multi-lane highways with limited access and no traffic lights. The numbering system for these roads is the opposite of the Federal Highway System routes; the route numbers increase for the odd-numbered, north-south routes going from west to east. (For example, I-5 runs from California to Washington, and I-95 runs from Maine to Florida.) They increase for the even-numbered, east-west routes going from south to north. (For example, I-10 runs from California to Florida, and I-90 runs from Washington to Massachusetts.) • With the roads in place, now it is possible to travel fast on the interstates or take the scenic slower routes to see more of the country.

TEDDY BEAR Q: I love teddy bears and recently inherited one that has been in my family for almost a century. It is a blond-colored mohair bear made by Farnell, with glass eyes and defined paws. I would like to get an idea of how much it is worth for insurance purposes. Can you help me? -- Susan, Amsterdam, N.Y. A: One of the newest guides is the nifty Collector’s Guide to Teddy Bears, by Judith Miller and published by Firefly Books. Miller, who had a Merrythought Bear as a child, claims your bear was crafted in about 1918 and is worth in the $1,500 to $3,000 range, depending on condition. *** Q: When I was a kid, I took my PB&J sandwiches to school in a “Star Trek” lunchbox made by Aladdin. It is still in fairly decent condition with its original thermos bottle. I have been offered $150 for it, but am hesitant. What is your advice? -- Charlie, Los Gatos, Calif. A: Your lunchbox was manufactured in 1968 and is valued at $450, according to Toys and Prices, edited by Karen O’Brien (Krause, $19.99). I contacted two

collectors, who both agreed with this assessment. *** Q: I have seven pieces of Red Wing pottery and wonder if you can recommend a good price guide. -Laura, Greenfield, Mass. A: There are several excellent guides. My personal favorite is Warman’s Red Wing Pottery, by Mark F. Moran (Krause, $24.99). It lists more than 2,000 Red Wing pieces with 1,200 illustrations in full color. There also is a history of the company, an index of shape numbers, and prices that I think accurately reflect current values. *** Q: I found several baseball cards from the 2002 Fleer Showcase “Baseball’s Best” series. They are Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez. I paid $5 each for them and wonder if I got a deal. -Sam, San Angelo, Texas A: I found the series listed in “Baseball Card Price Guide” edited by the editors of Sports Collectors Digest and published by Krause. Most of your cards are valued in the $3 to $4 range.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might feel that you have all the answers right now. But it might be wise to listen to other ideas before you decide to close the lid on other possibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bovines give and expect loyalty, so it might not be easy to reconcile with someone you feel let you down. Why not ask a neutral party to set up a clear-the-air meeting? GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Anticipating the holidays with family and friends fuels your must-do Gemini energies. But try to pace yourself so you’ll be up for whatever comes along later. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) More background information might come through regarding a decision you expect to make. Be sure to check the source carefully before you move. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The strong, nurturing nature of the Lion comes through this week as you reach out to family and friends in need of your warm and loving support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A relationship that has almost totally unraveled could be close to being restored with more effort on your part to be more patient and less judgmental. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of fair play is strong this week, which can cause a problem with a longtime relationship. But in the end, you’ll know what decision to make. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might not know all the facts behind an unwelcome development, so keep that Scorpion temper in check and resist lashing out at anyone. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good time to reinforce relationships -family, friends, colleagues -- that might have been overlooked in recent years. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Family situations continue to thrive. Business associations also improve. Some holiday plans might have to be shifted a bit. Be flexible. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Avoid any influence of negative energy in this week’s aspect by not allowing small problems to grow into large ones. Work them out immediately. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A friend might need advice on how to deal with a challenge to his or her moral values. And who better than you to give the honest answer? Good luck. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a sense of adventure that inspires others to follow your lead.


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•AFederalHighwayAdministrationprogram that was started in 1991 designates some roads as “America’s Byways.”There are 150 designated Byways in 46 states that are worth a drive. For some near you, visit www.byways.org. Within the “Byways” designation there are “National Scenic Byways” and “All-American Roads” based on cultural, archaeological, historic, scenic, natural and recreational qualities. • One “All-American Road” is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which this year has been celebrating its 75th anniversary of being part of the National Park Service. It covers 469 miles (754.8 km) through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. • It can’t be driven in the winter, but the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies and is designated as a “National Scenic Byway.” The road provides access to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park in northern Wyoming and southern Montana in a rugged area with 20 peaks reaching 12,000 feet (3657 m) in elevation. Because of its high elevation and also because the northeast Yellowstone entrance closes to auto traffic in the winter, this road is only opened about four and one-half months each year. Beartooth Pass (the highest point) is 10,947 feet (3337 m) in elevation and offers stunning views. • Just so you know: “The Long and Winding Road” was the last No. 1 song by the Beatles in the United States, beginning a 10-week run at the top of the Billboard chart on May 23, 1970. It was the last single released by the band before their breakup. Paul McCartney wrote the song from his home in Scotland. Possible inspiration for the song was B842, a 31mile (50-km) winding road.

1. In a large skillet, combine mushroom soup and water. Stir in green beans, uncooked noodles and ham. Cover and cook over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until beans and noodles are tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add sour cream, Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Mix well to combine. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Thank you for printing Dori’s view on pet adoption in your column. I have been in the animal rescue business for many years and have 10 “unadoptables” (now quite senior and living the life of Riley). Dori is so right, and I applaud her for her ability to state her position so clearly. I hope many of your readers got it. I have the results of poor choices -- lucky for me because they are so dear, but they had to go through so much, which is very sad. -- Pam Y., Lewiston, Calif. DEAR PAM: Pam, thank you for the update and for taking in the “unadoptables” -- pets that, in many cases, have behavioral or health issues that their former owners couldn’t deal with. People who are interested in purchasing or adopting a pet must do their homework before making the leap, especially if they have no prior experience. It’s not enough just to read up on the breed of dog or cat you’re interested in, their traits and behavior (although this also is a must). You have to take into

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account the impact on your lifestyle and your bank account. Pet care costs money, so you must be prepared for routine veterinary examinations -- typically annual -- and regular vaccinations, at least one of which, rabies, is required by law in most cities and states. And you must have the ability to pay for unexpected illnesses. Caring for a pet takes time. A pet becomes part of the family -- so much so that pets who are abandoned often suffer irreversible emotional damage. Are you ready to take your dog out at 6 a.m., potty train him and spend an hour each day teaching or reinforcing basic obedience skills? Can you handle a cat that yowls late at night, or has soiling issues outside the litter box? You may not know how to handle everything that comes up, but you must be prepared before getting a pet to take time out and learn to really care for that pet.

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• The Natchez Trace Parkway became a part of the National Park Service in 1938 and is also an “All-American Road.â€? The 444-mile drive is an old route used by American Indians, settlers and many others who played significant roles in American history. The scenic drive is between Natchez, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee. There are many markers along the route pointing out historical events or places. One is a monument at Grinder’s Stand in Tennessee where Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, died mysteriously on the Trace in 1809. Also, the Natchez Trace Parkway was named one of the country’s top ten road biking destinations by ESPN (Entertainment Sports Programming Network). • Bicycling is becoming more popular in the United States, whether mountain biking or road biking. One organization, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), is dedicated to: “Inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle.â€? ACA publishes maps for a route system over 40,000 miles long, keeping cyclists in mind by noting available services along the way and often steering riders toward low-traffic or scenic roads. Bicycle travel is good for the environment because it is pollution-free, healthy because of the exercise, and makes the journey (not just the destination) something to remember. Check Adventure Cycling’s website for great cycling information: www.adventurecycling.org • So, whether you’re going by bike, car, truck, motorcycle or recreational vehicle, or you’re buying a ticket and taking a trip by bus, train or airplane, long roads, short flights, mountains and flat lands are ready to be explored. Enjoy!

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MUSIC LEGEND: GEORGE F. HANDEL

George Frederic Handel was born on February 23, 1685, in Halle, Germany, to an affluent religious family. Handel is most widely known for the holiday oratorio, “Messiah.” You can probably find it being performed in a holiday concert near you. • George Handel’s father expected his son to grow up to study law and objected to musical education. When his musical abilities on an organ were overheard by a Duke, the Duke insisted that his father arrange for him to study music. At a young age, after his studies of law and music, he went to Italy for a few years and was greatly influenced by Italian music. He moved to England in 1712 and remained there for the rest of his life. • George Handel wrote the“Messiah”in 1741 in London at his house at 25 Brook Street. He wrote the enduring masterpiece at a very fast pace over a short span of about three weeks. He selected texts from Charles Jennens that encapsulate central Christian beliefs.The first part of“Messiah”prophesies the birth of Jesus Christ; the second exalts His sacrifice for humanity; and the final section proclaims His resurrection. • By the way, “Messiah” is an oratorio, which is a large (long) musical composition that is for an orchestra, choir and soloists. Oratorios are like operas but deal with sacred topics. • Handel’s “Messiah” was originally an Easter musical. It was first performed in Dublin’s Musick Hall on April 13, 1742, to a large crowd of about 700. Ladies were asked to wear dresses “without hoops” to allow more room for a large audience!

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• The first performance of “Messiah” in England was almost a year later on March 23, 1743, in London. King George II was in the audience and with the opening words of the chorus, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,” the King and the entire audience sprang to their feet and stood through the entire chorus. From that beginning, where all were expected to rise when the King rose, the custom of rising for the chorus has continued. •Londonwasthecenterforcommemorating the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death in 2009. Handel had lived there until his death in 1759 at age 74. The British Broadcasting Corporation broadcast all of his operas, more than 40, and all of his keyboard suites and cantatas were performed during the annual London Handel Festival. Some of the concerts were performed at St. George’s Hanover Square Church, where Handel worshiped, and at the Handel House Museum, which was his residence. • The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in Melbourne, Australia, has performed “Messiah” at least once annually for 157 years, starting in its founding year of 1853. They hold the world record for an unbroken sequence of annual performances of the oratorio. • George Handel suffered opposition to his music and had financial problems for years. He always remained faithful to his Lutheran upbringing and devoted to TO RUN YOUR OWN Smyth, BUSINESS? God.WANT A close friend, James wrote Publish a “He died Paper in Your Area of his death, as he lived —a If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · good Christian, with a true sense of duty Desktop Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial Investment to God to man, and in for perfect charity Weand provide the opportunity success! with all Call the world. ” Over 3,000 attended 1.800.523.3096 his funeral.www.tidbitsweekly.com He was buried in Westminster Abbey, and a statue was erected there of him holding the manuscript for the solo for part three of “Messiah,”“I know that my Redeemer liveth.” Information in the Tidbits® Paper is gathered from sources considered to be reliable but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.

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¥ On Dec. 7, 1941, in an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the United States enters World War II. Two hundred Japanese aircraft destroyed or damaged 18 U.S. ships and killed 2,400 Americans. ¥ On Dec. 10, 1967, soul legend Otis Redding dies in a plane crash near Madison, Wisc. He was 26. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” would be released in its “unfinished” form several weeks later. The whistled verse was a placeholder for additional lyrics that Redding had yet to write. ¥ On Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in New York City. Later that evening, police took Chapman into custody peaceably after finding him reading a copy of “The Catcher in the Rye” at the site of the shooting.

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¥ On Dec. 9, 1921, an engineer at General Motors discovers that when he adds a compound called tetraethyl lead to gasoline, he eliminates the knocking that internal-combustion engines make when they run. In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency required that carmakers phase out lead-compatible engines.

For some really unique, somewhat off the wall ideas take a look at Madifine Mercantile in the 300 block of Main street. In there you will find such items as “bacon Band-Aids”, soap that smells like pickels, and magnets with funny sayings. If you are looking for something more traditional, but still unique, go across the street to Cayenne Kitchen. They have so much more than just kitchen items. They also carry chocolates, locally homemade soaps, and they probably have the greatest selection of cookie cutters in town. If you are the type who likes to give something of value that actually increases in value over time, then you are going to want to go see our friends at Chamberlain Coin. Whether you are looking for collectable coins, or pure gold or silver coins or ingots, this is the place to go. There’s nothing like giving or owning the real thing and it’s fairly affordable in that you can even buy little 1/10 of an ounce gold coins. I can’t imagine anyone complaining about getting real gold as a gift.

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¥ On Dec. 12, 1914, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffers its worst percentage drop (24.39 percent) since it was first published in 1896. It was the first day of trading since the New York Stock Exchange reopened in November 1914 after being shut down due to the start of World War I earlier that year.

As we get closer and closer to the gift giving day we thought we would take the time to mention here some of the places we like to go to look for those unique gifts and stocking stuffers. You don’t have to look very far. We’ve found all kinds of unique and fairly inexpensive items right in our own downtown area. Some of the things we found are even the types of things that you would normally look for in one of those mail order catalogs and for about the same prices. Plus you actually get to see the real size of the product and you don’t have to pay for shipping.

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¥ On Dec. 6, 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a 9-inch aluminum pyramid atop an obelisk of white marble, completing the construction of the Washington Monument. A city law passed in 1910 restricted the height of new buildings to ensure that at 555 feet, the monument would remain the tallest structure in Washington, D.C.

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¥ On Dec. 11, 1872, dime-novel hero Buffalo Bill Cody makes his first stage appearance in a Chicago-based production of The Scouts of the Prairie. Cody remained on the Chicago stage for the next 11 years. Buffalo Bill Cody was the hero of more than 1,700 variant issues of dime novels.

• The “Aloha State” is mostly warm and sunny year-round. The average daily temperature is highest in July at 82ºF (27.7ºC) and lowest in January at 72ºF (22.2ºC). The islands are the projecting tops of mountains with their bases reaching down to the ocean floor. As with mountains on the mainland, as one rises in elevation, the temperature decreases. The state’s lowest recorded temperature is 12ºF (-11.1ºC) on Mauna Kea, recorded on May 17, 1979. • Hawaii and Alaska share a surprising U.S. temperature record. Both states hold the record for the lowest recorded maximum temperature, 100ºF (37.8ºC). Temperatures rarely get extremely hot or cold in Hawaii. Mostly it feels very comfortable. • Hawaii consists of eight main islands and 124 smaller, mostly uninhabited islands, reefs and atolls. Whether you are surfing, just walking on one of the many beaches or seeking out the historical and natural tourist attractions, it can all be done in warm-weather clothing and flip flops. The mild weather and casual atmosphere are very inviting to visitors this time of year when snow is flying and temperatures dropping many other places. • Hawaii is an archipelago, (cluster of islands) that spans a distance of 1,524 miles (2,451 km). It is the longest island chain and the most isolated population center on earth.

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When you think of pineapples, macadamia nuts and orchids, what state comes to mind? It would have to be Hawaii. The 50th state of the United States was added to the union 51 years ago on August 20, 1959.

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Tidbits®®of ofLongmont, Longmont,CO CO Tidbits WARM UP IN HAWAII (continued): ¥ A woman in Tennessee was once arrested for biking while intoxicated -- and she was on a stationary bike at the gym at the time.

¥ It was comedian-turned-U.S. Senator Al Franken who made the following sage observation: “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.” ¥ Those who study such things say that 1 percent of the world’s lizard species have no males. The females reproduce by parthenogenesis, which produces offspring that are clones of their mothers. ¥ Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony’s eReader -- it seems that everywhere you look these days people are reading onscreen. You may not realize, however, just how long digital books have been around. The first e-book was manually typed into a computer way back in 1971, when Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, chose the Declaration of Independence to be the first literature so digitized.

¥ According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if you’re like the average American, you drink 22.7 gallons of coffee every year. The surprising thing about that statistic isn’t how much it is, though -- it’s how little. It seems that in the 1940s, Americans were drinking twice that amount of java. ¥ If you look at the innards of a Boeing 747 airplane, you’ll find a whopping 171 miles of wiring. ¥ If you consider surface area covered rather than population, the world’s largest city is in Inner Mongolia, where Hulunbuir covers more than 160,000 square miles. *** Thought for the Day: “Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.” -Laurens Van der Post

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• Hawaii is known for its pineapple plantations. More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply is grown in the state. • The Big Island of Hawaii is the world leader for harvesting orchids and macadamia nuts. • Hawaii Highway 360, the “Road to Hana,” is one of the most famous highways in the world. Covering 52 miles (83.7 km), it runs along the eastern coastline of Maui from Kahului to the small town of Hana. If you want to see exquisite views of the ocean, lush rainforests and tumbling waterfalls, this is the road to follow. With 600 curves, including many hairpin turns, and more than 50 bridges, the highway takes two to four hours to drive and has been referred to as the “Divorce Highway.” Many husbands and wives have had major “discussions” while enjoying this drive! • If you are a diver and looking for a great spot to do some underwater exploring, check out the marine preserve in Hulope Bay on the Island of Lanai. It is considered one of the best diving spots in the world. • You are probably aware of the large ranches in the western United States, but did you know that the largest ranch in the country is on the island of Hawaii? Parker Ranch near Kamuela has 480,000 acres (194249 ha). • There are many spectacular things to see in the warm state of Hawaii. Here are three to put on your “must do” list: Haleakala Crater, on Maui, is the world’s largest dormant volcano; Waialeale Mountain, on the Garden isle of Kauai, averages 488 inches (1240 cm) of rain per year and is considered the wettest spot on earth; and Molokai has Hawaii’s longest waterfall, the world’s highest sea cliffs and the largest white sand beach in the state. • Aloha! (This word means hello and goodbye in Hawaii.)

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1. Kneecap 2. “Places in the Heart” 1. Alex Rodriguez (2005, ‘07), Chipper Jones (1999) and Mark Reynolds (2009). 3. Ampere 2. Only once, when they won the World 4. Juventas Series in 1991. 5. Aegean Sea 3. Charles Woodson of Michigan, in 1997. 4. The Los Angeles Lakers made eight 6. Puccini consecutive appearances (1982-89). 7. Ben Cartwright 5. Yvan Cournoyer had 15 goals in 1973. 6. The University of Miami (Fla.) men’s 8. Green, ranging from tennis team won 137 consecutive yellow-green to olive matches (1957-64). 7. Ernie Els (2002), Bobby Locke (1949, green ‘50, ‘52, ‘57), Louis Oosthuizen (2010) 9. John Prine and Gary Player (1959, ‘68, ‘74). 10. Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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