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• Aladimir Komarov was the first cosmonaut to be killed in space. He launched on April 23, 1967, from the USSR aboard the spacecraft Soyuz 1. He was to orbit the earth 18 times in 25 hours, then come down to earth as a parachute slowed his descent. But the straps to the parachute broke and Komarov died.

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• Astronaut John Young was with Gus Grissom on the first manned space flight in 1965. Young smuggled a sandwich on board the capsule to supplement the boring fare offered by NASA. However, the crumbs from the sandwich threatened to ruin some of the equipment on board. Young was reprimanded by officials for his unauthorized snack.

• The first meal eaten on the moon, consumed by Armstrong and Aldrin, consisted of four bacon squares, three sugar cookies, peaches, pineapple-grapefruit drink, and coffee. • President Nixon placed the first phone call to the moon on July 21, 1969. He spoke to Aldrin and Armstrong in the lunar module.

• Alan Shepard knocked a few golf balls around on the moon. But he missed the first shot, taking a mulligan. This earned him a lifetime membership in the U.S. Duffers Association of Newport, KY. They also awarded him the presidency of their first moon chapter. • When Navy Commander Pete Conrad set foot on the moon during the second lunar landing on November 19, 1969, he said, “Man, that may have been a small one for Neil Armstrong, but that’s a long one for me!” Conrad was only 5 foot 6 inches tall.

Across 1 Use a rotary phone 5 Common movie theater name meaning “jewel” 10 Cheat (out of) 14 Regarding 15 Accustom (to) 16 Cad 17 Armstrong who took a “giant leap for mankind” 18 1966 Tommy James and the Shondells hit 20 Release 22 Comes up, as the sun 23 Not working 24 Knock for a loop 26 1958 Connie Francis hit 30 Printer’s widths 33 Is wearing 34 First application line to fill in 35 Sheep sound 36 “My turn to bat!” 37 Untrue 39 List of choices 40 Fed. pollution monitor 41 Rani’s wrap 42 Gave a hoot 43 Mineo of “Rebel Without a Cause” 44 1956 Little Richard hit 47 Puts on 48 1982 Disney sci-fi film

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27 Florida city on its own bay 28 Pub order, with “the” 29 Dark 30 Thumbs-up reviewer 31 “Olympia” painter ƒdouard 32 Riyadh resident 37 Goat-man of myth 38 Painting and sculpture, e.g. 39 Hawaiian volcano 41 Building level 42 Swamp beast 45 “That’s good enough”

46 On edge, as nerves 47 Dawdle 49 Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears __” 50 Bank offer 51 Bridge crossing charge 52 Father-daughter boxers 53 Workplace for the 52-Down 54 Handy bag 55 Grandson of Adam who reputedly lived to 905 57 Place for a drink 58 Consume

Down 1 Pioneer Boone, folksily 2 “Understood” 3 Working busily 4 Sweet sucker 5 “Look!” 6 “Right away!” 7 Popular wedding month 8 Comedic TV alien’s planet 9 Turn you hang, in slang 10 Scarecrow’s lack 11 Electrified particles 12 Gospel writer 13 Islets 19 Bluenose 21 Thor’s father 24 Luxury hotel bathroom features 25 Clock readout

• When Alan Bean walked on the moon, he tried to fix a TV camera that was not working by hitting it with a hammer. He failed. DANGER ZONE

• A study done on a Spacelab mission showed that some microorganisms reproduce better in the weightlessness of space. This fact, coupled with the fact that human immune systems don’t tend to work as well in space, could spell trouble for future long-term astronauts. It is feared that unless great precautions are taken, certain bacteria may be able to invade a spacecraft and present grave danger to its inhabitants. FAST FACTS

• Michael Collins walked in space twice during the Gemini 10 mission in 1966. When he returned, he filled out his travel voucher: $8 a day for 3 days, and he was reimbursed $24. He said later that he should have charged 7¢ a mile equaling $80,000, but acknowledged that one of the Mercury astronauts had already tried it, and had received in return a bill from NASA for a couple million dollars for the nonreusable rocket. • When Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin returned from the moon, they dutifully declared their lunar rocks and dust on customs form. FAR-OUT FACTS

• Researchers at the University of Chicago found multitudes of dust-sized diamond particles embedded in meteorites that may predate the sun and the Earth. These diamonds may have been formed in the atmosphere of an exploding star and then spewed across space up to 4.5 billion years ago. This suggests that the universe is full of these minuscule diamonds. • Scientists at the University of Hawaii have found two asteroids which they believe are composed almost entirely of metal. According to their spectrograph measurements (light bounced off the asteroids to tell their content) the asteroids are almost pure iron and nickel. These two objects come relatively close to Earth’s orbit. It is thought that since they are

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Stick your toe in and test the waters first. A temporary lack of funds may keep you from satisfying all your desires in the beginning of the week. You will achieve a happy medium near the middle of the week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Love is the only four-letter word you manage to utter. During the upcoming week, your kindness and sensitivity toward others are demonstrated with an air of refinement and delicacy that everyone admires. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gentle and fun-loving Venus is in your sign for a few more days. You might find that expressing your love of the most beautiful things and perhaps investing in them might be the safest route as the week unfolds. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Reveal some initiative behind the scenes. Your outlook might improve greatly when Venus enters your sign midweek and offers you more opportunities for happy social interactions. Expect more romance. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You gotta have friends. In the week to come, your circle of friends, your clubs or other groups might take up more of your time than usual. You know how to edge your way to the top by being especially friendly. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be proud and persevere. Your financial predicament will appear much rosier by the middle of the week. Spending habits may be reexamined; a special someone will be happy to give you the benefit of the doubt. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Time for the tried and true. In the week ahead, you may be adept at finding coupons to cut costs and finding other ways to get the best value. You might be most at home with old friends who stick by you through thick and thin. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The power of love outshines the love of power. In the week to come, you might find that romantic outings are just as thrilling and satisfying as making headway in the boardroom. Give it your all. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Creative ideas ache to be expressed in the week to come. Your imaginative ideas can blossom into reality - but first you must acquire necessary tools and experience. You might find a masterful mentor. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Those who are detail-oriented might take center stage in the week ahead. Offer a pat on the back to those who demonstrate selflessness and be generous with your own time and talent. Set a good example. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be well equipped to offer a quip. Your social circle could expand during the week ahead, so stock up on some small talk and keep a few jokes on hand to entertain an audience. The love boat might sail. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A kiss is just a kiss. You might like you are floating on cloud nine in the week to come if you meet up with a hot new romantic prospect. Remember to keep in touch with old friends as well as new ones.

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• Eighty percent of English words are not spelled phonetically. That is, they are not When something is an Antique, it means it is a written as they sound. minimum of 100 years old – Vintage generally • ‘Manslaughter’ and ‘man’s laughter’ are means more than 25 years old and Classic means spelled exactly the same. So are ‘fatherless’ in the style of old. These terms are often used and ‘fat her less.’ loosely in advertising and describing items in • The letter combination of ‘ough’ has more today’s marketplace. Estate means an item has pronunciations than any other combinations: come from someone who has passed away. An bough, bought, cough, dough, hiccough, exception is automobiles, which follow a different set of rules and vary by country. rough, thoroughbred, through, and trough. • The word ‘queue’ is the only word which Antiques crossing the border are duty free if they retains its original pronunciation even when are more than 100 years old. Good to remember the last four letters are dropped. if you are below the border and antique shopping. • ‘Strengths’ is the longest word with only one Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Art vowel. ‘Latchstring’ has six consonants in a Nouveau are periods of time in history and have row. Beijing, Fiji, and hijinks have the most specific dates and specific styles. Jewelry and dots in a row. ‘Set’ has the most different furniture from these periods is easily identified meanings, with ‘run’ running a close second. by characteristics specific to those periods. When • George Bernard Shaw, who tried we are unsure of an item’s age but think we know, unsuccessfully to will his fortune to anyone we will often use the term “Circa” which means who could invent a better alphabet, declared approximately. A piece from a certain time frame it was possible to spell fish ‘ghoti’ by using is described as a “period piece”. The mark on gh as in enough; o as in women; and ti as in the bottom of a ceramic or china item, which nation. But there are many ways to spell fish. identifies it, is sometimes called a pedigree. For instance: Phusi- physics / busy / pension. Louise Kneller CPPA FFess- off / pretty / issue. Ughyce- laugh / Louise Kneller is a Canadian hymn / ocean. The list is endless. Personal Property Appraiser and • ‘Floccinaucinihilipilification’ is the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary. The word is unusual not only because it dates back to 1741; not only because it has 29 letters with 9 i’s and no e’s, but also because it means to classify something as worthless or trivial. • Amaze your friends by dropping these words into the conversation: Foozle: a bungling golf stroke. Groak: to stare hopefully at other’s

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both more than two miles wide, their worth (at today’s market value), could top several trillion dollars each if they could ever be brought back to Earth.

• The dust from Halley’s Comet (collected by the Vega 1 space probe), contain a rich assortment of organic compounds. The dust also held silicate materials and ices. The organic materials were mostly hydrocarbons and do not indicate the presence of actual life forms. SPACE TRASH

Scientists, engineers, and space planners in general are becoming increasingly concerned with the growing number of small pieces of space junk. The North American Aerospace Defense Command currently tracks more than 7,000 objects the size of a baseball or larger orbiting the Earth. Recent research appears to show there are many more large objects we aren’t tracking. One half of these small objects come from the 80 satellites that have broken up while in orbit, and there are probably millions of smaller particles stuck in Earth orbit. These particles are no small matter when


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Container Gardening What You Need to Get Started Mike Lieberman, has some great tips for those of you looking to get started in growing in a small space. Containers: There are a number of different places you can get containers for your garden, you can get more decorative containers online or at a local lawn and garden store, but as Mike suggests, you can get a little creative on where you find your containers – and even get them for free!  Ask different vendors at farmers markets if they have any extra or local restaurants, delis or supermarkets for any 5-gallon containers they aren’t using. Potting Soil:   You can purchase organic potting  soil, but you can also make your own.   It’s pretty simple; all you need is sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite, and garden lime.   Mix  them in equal parts, then add an equal part of compost and add some water.

it comes to space travel. A particle no more than 0.6 millimeters wide can penetrate one of the space suits currently used by NASA. When the shuttle Challenger was orbiting in 1983, a small chip of paint hit the windshield and gouged a quarter-inch crater. The space debris can also wreak havoc on Earth-bound astronomers and delicate equipment in orbit.

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Xeriscaping: Drought Resistant Gardening Water is a precious resource. Here in Canada we are becoming aware of the dangerously low water levels of our surrounding lakes and rivers. We must all become more aware of conserving water, particularly after it has been treated for human consumption. A few simple practices can help the home gardener maintain a beautiful garden while saving precious water, time and effort. First, install a rain-barrel. Last summer, we installed a large plastic barrel below one of the downspouts on the back of our house. Surprisingly, it was filled to capacity after one healthy rainfall. Fitted with a screen on top (to keep out debris), a child and pet-proof barrier (for safety) and a hose for the convenient filling of watering cans, it kept a constant supply of chemical-free, warm water at hand for watering containers, hanging baskets and newly planted seedlings.


Second, mulch the garden containers. A layer of • On a clear night, the average person can see shredded bark, wood chips, cocoa beans or even only 3,000 stars. If the sum of all starlight that grass clippings will help to conserve precious falls on the Earth could be concentrated on one moisture in the soil. point, it would only equal a 100-watt bulb seen Last, but not least, plant suitable annuals and from a distance of 613 feet (187 m). perennials for your site. The importance of this simple principle cannot be stressed enough. Choose drought-tolerant plants whenever possible, particularly if watering will be difficult or improbable. By Theresa M. Forte http://landscapeontario. com/xeriscaping-drought-resistant-gardening

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SUMMERLAND MUSEUM’S GEOLOGICAL BUS TOUR On Sat, August, 10th at 10:00 – 13:00,the Summerland Museum invites you to join expert geologist, Dr. Kathleen Jagger for an entertaining and informative journey exploring the first rock formations of Summerland. The 3 hour tour will covermuch of Summerland to see the strata revealed by the making of the highway, the formation of the Silt Cliffs, the formation of Okanagan Lake and some great examples of lava flows from the extinct volcano and striationsleft from the last glacier passing through the area. There will be two short 5 minute walks to observe specific features at the base and summit of Giant’s Head Mountain. Meet inside the Museumat 9521 Wharton Street at 9:45.The bus departs at 10am. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and be prepared for every kind of weather and bugs too. Bring a snack and drink to enjoy at the top of the mountain. Pre-registration required. Limited seats - please book early! Tickets: $15 Contact: Summerland Museum 250-494-9395 Summerland Art Walk 2013 Sat, July 27 – Sat, August 31. Experience the original works of local emerging and established artists on display throughout Summerland and the surrounding area, including restaurants, retail outlets, and wineries. The work showcased over the event will include paintings, photography, jewellery, pottery, textiles, and sculpture. Art Walk features 37 artists in 38 venues throughout Summerland from July 27 to August 31. The Art Walk brochure, which lists participating artists and venues, are available at the Art Gallery and Summerland Visitor’s Centre. Look for the Art Walk decal on participating businesses. Summerland Farmers’ Market Join the residents of Summerland and local growers Tuesdays from 9am-11am and on Friday evenings between 5pm and 9pm, on Victoria St. Fresh baking, wood carvings, produce/ fruit, jewellery, a balloon artist/face painter and much more await you each week. This Friday evening wraps up with “The Love Bug”, a community outdoor movie, for the whole family! Bring your own chair to Memorial Park and delight in this FREE show brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of Summerland.

Penticton/Naramata 66th Annual Penticton Peach Festival It’s finally here again! From Aug. 7th - August 11th, the Peach Festivalfeatures a whirlwind week of FREE family entertainment at Okanagan Lake Park. Join us for all the activities: a pancake breakfast, sandcastle competitions, music concerts, one of BC’s largest parades, plus a kiddies’ parade, food vendors, crafts and much more, including our annual Square Dance Festival. Fun for the whole family! For more info go to Penticton Square Dance Festival From August 07, 2013 - August 10, 2013 swing on down to watch the Square Dance Jamboree! For over 57 years, there has been square dancing in Penticton during Peach Festival. In 2003 the Penticton Square Dance Jamboree celebrated its 50th year. The following year the festival was incorporated with Peachfest as the Peachfest Square Dance Festival. The festival offers a unique and fantastic line up of callers and “cuers” to entertain dancersfrom Alberta, BC and several of the Pacific Northwest states. The festival offers an opportunity for dancersand audiences to enjoy various levels of square and round dancing, and even an opportunity to dance in the lake! For more info check at Driftwest Series Pro Drifting! Driftwest Series Pro Drifting is in Penticton from Aug.8th- Aug.18th, 2013! Come see the best drifters from Western Canada battle it out for top spot in our 4th Round at Penticton Speedway. See or for maps, locations and your admission coupon. Gates open at 3:00pm each day and admission is$20 (Check to find out how to get $5 at the gate!) For more information call: 250-808-4679 or visit Jazzcool Student Concert Love Jazz music? Come to our Jazzcool Concert on August 2nd at 1:00 pm to hear our talented students and professional musical instructors perform a jazz concert after a week of rigorous preparation, learning and practice. Performed at the Shatford Centre, the Jazzcool program is focused on improvisation and rehearsed music, so you can bet on hearing both forms of presentation. Call 250 770 7668 or email Admission is by donation at 760 Main St. Penticton. 18th Annual Rotary Wheels Charity Car Show There will be many greats cars on display in Rotary Park on Lakeshore Drive beside the Penticton Lakeside Resort...Plans are well underway for this year’s Car Show and you can get involved helping us make this event the place to be in the Okanagan. Join the many donors of Cash, Prizes and services or rent a booth & become part of the event...get signed NOW! August 03, 2013 at 9:00a.m - 4:00p.m in Rotary Park Penticton’s 30th Annual Mr. Muscle Miss Bikini Competition JCI Penticton’s 30th Annual Mr. Muscle Miss Bikini is presented by Parkers Chrysler Dodge Jeep. From 12pm until much later on Sunday, August 4th, top DJs spin tracks at the Okanagan’s Largest Beach Beverage Garden sponsored by Big Surf Beer Co and Monsoon Cooler. The summer’s hottest Muscles & Bikinis for cash prizes! Feats of Strength competition, vendors and more! Party starts at noon on Skaha Beach (near the Sundial). Must be 19 years of age or older to attend this event. Proceeds go to JCI Summer Day Camp for Kids. Tickets $15 More info and registration at

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• In America, Rice Krispies say “snap crackle and pop” but in Sweden they say “piff paff puff” and in South Africa they say “knap knaetter knak” and in Germany “knisper knasper knusper.” • The Russian word for hurry is bystro. When Russian soldiers occupying Paris in 1814 sat down in French bars, they’d shout out “Bystro! Bystro!” Eventually bistro came to mean a small tavern or bar. WORD ORIGINS • Makrama is the Turkish word meaning a fringed napkin and gives us macrame. • In the South Seas the word tattaw means to knock or to strike and gave us the word tattoo. • The chess term checkmate comes from the Persian shah mat meaning “the king is dead.” • When Bradley, Voorhees, and Day formed an underwear company in 1876, they called their product BVDs. • The Hollywood stereotype of an Indian saying “How!” is based on the traditional Indian A-Hau meaning “Peace with you” or “All is well.”

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“OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN’’: America’s most famous residence has had a rough year on the screen, thanks to “White House Down’’ and this preceding thriller, which has the same theme of enemies invading the presidential home. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, this version stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced ex-bodyguard who comes to the chief executive’s (Aaron Eckhart) aid again when terrorists strike. The strong cast also includes Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Radha Mitchell (“Red Widow’’) and Ashley Judd. DVD extras: eight “making-of ’’ documentaries; deleted scenes. ***

“THE COMPANY YOU KEEP’’: Robert Redford remains every bit a movie star, as he demonstrates in this melodrama that he also directed. He plays a former radical who’s now a lawyer in Albany, N.Y., but he’s forced back on the run by the arrest of a former colleague and the curiosity of a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf). The very impressive cast also includes three other Oscar winners besides Redford - Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon and Chris Cooper - plus Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick and Sam Elliott. DVD extras: two “making-of ’’ documentaries; red-carpet and press conference footage. *** “THE BIG WEDDING’’: The movie itself may not be Oscar-worthy, but there are Academy Award winners to spare in this would-be comedy that’s sort of a thematic spin on “The Birdcage.’’ Robin Williams starred in that film, and he also turns up in this ultimately too-frantic tale of a divorced couple (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton) pretending still to be married for the sake of their soon-to-wed adopted son (Ben Barnes). Susan Sarandon is another Oscar owner in the cast; Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Ebersole appear as well. DVD extra: “making-of ’’ documentary. ** “GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON’’: Still a polarizing show for many viewers, the HBO comedy that’s the brainchild of star and frequent writer and director Lena Dunham sends its heroines down a variety of paths for its sophomore round. Hannah (Dunham) is trying to move on in her personal life while still being pulled by her romantic past, making her miss the presence of her bestie Marnie (Allison Williams) that much more. Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke also continue prominently in the cast. DVD extras: “making-of ’’ documentaries; audio commentary by cast and crew; “Guys on Girls’’ featurette; episode table read. *** “EMPEROR’’: Tommy Lee Jones’ performance as Gen. Douglas MacArthur - complete with pipe and sunglasses - is this drama’s true spark, but much of the focus is on one of the military legend’s aides, a general (Matthew Fox, “Lost’’) tasked with deciding whether Japan’s Emperor Hirohito (Takataro Kataoka) should be tried and executed for war crimes. A resurfaced relationship from the past makes the mission more difficult. DVD extras: “making-of ’’ documentary; audio commentary by director Peter Webber and producer Yoko Narahashi; deleted scenes; photo galleries. *** “SOUTHLAND: THE COMPLETE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON’’: Rescued by TNT after NBC canceled it, the smartly written and acted Los Angeles-set police drama reached its conclusive end earlier this year. A gang war and a bank robber with a give-to-the-poor mindset are among the challenges faced by the officers and detectives played by Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Michael Cudlitz, among others. DVD extras: “making-of ’’ documentary; deleted scenes. ***

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