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Death Valley is the driest spot in the U.S. It’s also the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere. And it is one of the hottest spots on Earth. Join Tidbits as we tour one of America’s most unusual national parks. • It’s BIG! Death Valley National Park is the largest national park outside Alaska. The valley is about 130-140 miles long, and the valley floor averages 5 miles wide. The national park contains nearly 3.4 million acres. The state of Rhode Island could fit inside Death Valley National Park more then three times over. It’s twice the size of Delaware, and nearly the same size as Connecticut. • It’s LOW! A parking lot at a place called Badwater is 279 feet below sea level. Several miles away in a desolate salt pan, there are a few dips that are 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere, but the Dead Sea (between Jordan and Israel) is 1,360 feet below sea level. • Only six places on earth are deeper than Death Valley, and they are all desert valleys. If these valleys received more rain, erosion would eventually fill them with sediments and they would no longer be below sea level. Also, they’d be lakes instead of valleys.

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• It’s HOT! The heat is partly caused by the low elevation. With every thousand feet you lose in elevation, the temperature rises by about 5 degrees F. Death Valley’s topography—a deep valley sandwiched between two steep mountain ranges—also magnifies the heat. Hot air rising from the valley floor gets trapped between mountain ranges. The hot air re-circulates and gets hotter. The dryness also contributes to the heat. Death Valley has no clouds for shade, no rain for cooling, and little vegetation to stop rocks from absorbing heat all day. In turn, the heat reinforces the dryness, evaporating rain before it reaches the ground. • The hottest temperature ever recorded in Death Valley was 134 F on July 13, 1913. By comparison, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 136 F, recorded in the Sahara Desert in Libya in 1922. • When it comes to average highs, Death Valley beats the Sahara. In 2001, Death Valley hit 100 F or higher on 154 days in a row. It’s hit 100 F or higher in every month except November, December, January, and February. It’s hit 110 F on (coincidentally) 110 days in a row, in 1996. And it hit 120 F on 43 days in a row, in 1917. • July is the hottest month on average, with a daily high of 115 F. August is second, with an average daily high of 113 F. June is third, at 109 F. • In July, when the average daily high is 115 F, the daily average LOW temperature is 88 F.

B IS FOR BEES Bees are among the most intelligent of insects, and they demonstrate that in a variety of ways: • When bees find food, they communicate its location by doing a dance that signifies direction and distance to their fellow bees. One bee researcher set up two food sources near a hive. One was close to it; the other was farther away. Then he watched the dancing movements of the bees that fed at the different stations. The bees that fed at the nearby station did wagging dances; those that fed at the more distant place did circling dances. When he moved the food sources, the dances changed accordingly. He found that a bee returning from a spot 100 yards away would make 10 turns in 15 seconds, but those returning from 2 miles away would make only 3 turns in 15 seconds. If the food was in the direction of the sun, the bee danced with its head up. If it was away from the sun, the head was down. If it was at a 45-degree angle to the sun, the bee danced in a corresponding angle to the hive.

• Researchers once did an interesting experiment with bees. They brought two groups of bees from their home hive to Carnegie Lake in Princeton, New Jersey. One group of bees was taken to a bunch of pollen-laden flowers in a rowboat that was anchored close to shore; the other group was taken to a bunch of flowers in a rowboat way out in the middle of the lake. After sampling the flowers, the bees flew home to their hive and both groups did a waggling dance indicating a source of pollen had been found. The bees at home evidently refused to believe that there could be flowers in the middle of the lake, because whereas lots of bees returned to harvest pollen from the flowers close to shore, almost none came to the boat in the middle of the lake.

• Things cool off in winter. In November the average daily high is 76 F. In February it’s 72 F, and in January and December it’s 65 F. • Death Valley’s official temperature is recorded at a weather station five feet above the ground. But the ground gets hotter than the air. The hottest ground temperature ever recoded in Death Valley was 201 F in 1972.


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DEATH VALLEY (continued): • The record low temperature in Death Valley is 15 F, set in 1913, which was the same year that set the record high of 134 F. Death Valley’s alltime low is about the same as the all-time lows of Phoenix or Houston. • It’s DRY! Why is Death Valley so hot and dry? Don Lago describes the science behind it in his book, Death Valley Trivia. The main factor is called the “rain shadow” effect. When storms come out of the Pacific Ocean and head inland, they have to cross a series of mountain ranges, which force clouds to rise, condense, and drop their moisture. With every mountain range they cross, the clouds have less moisture left for the next one. The Sierras can get 34 feet of snow per year, but then the clouds have little moisture left for the Owens Valley just west of the Sierras; the Owens Valley gets less than 6 inches of rain per year. Clouds that make it past the Sierras then hit the Panamint Mountains and lose most of their remaining moisture. This leaves little rain for Death Valley, or for the Amargosa Range on the east side of Death Valley. While the Panamints get 15 inches of annual precipitation, the Amargosa Range gets only 3-5 inches. • The average annual rainfall in Death Valley is only 1.94 inches. By comparison, New York City receives an average of 49.64 inches of rain per year. In some years, Death Valley has recorded no rainfall at all, such as 1929 and 1953. • With so little rainfall and so much evaporation, the humidity level in Death Valley sometimes falls to 2 percent. With humidity this low, even when the temperature is a pleasant 70 F, people can become seriously dehydrated.

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• Even in the summer heat, people in Death Valley may not get sweaty. The human skin often remains dry. But this doesn’t mean you aren’t perspiring: it means that perspiration is evaporating instantly. For people from humid climates, who are accustomed to skin and clothes drenched with sweat, this can trick them into seriously underestimating how much water they are losing.

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778-899-3644 Finding Water • There is no place in Death Valley more than 15 miles away from a spring. Natives knew all the water sources in Death Valley, but prospectors and tourists have died of thirst even when springs were nearby because they didn’t know where they were. • Death Valley has over 350 seeps and springs. Some are barely large enough to keep the ground damp, but the largest, Travertine Spring, can pour out up to 2,000 gallons per minute. If Death Valley wasn’t so dry, its springs would start building a lake on the valley floor. • The water that pours from these springs comes from the mountains of central Nevada. Snowmelt flows underground for hundreds of miles until water reaches the surface. This water can take thousands of years to arrive in Death Valley. This means that the tap water you are drinking in Death Valley may have fallen as rain when the Egyptian pyramids were being built.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your honesty continues to impress everyone who needs reassurance about a project. But be careful you don’t lose patience with those who are still not ready to act. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Pushing others too hard to do things your way could cause resentment and raise more doubts. Instead, take more time to explain why your methods will work. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be more considerate of those close to you before making a decision that could have a serious effect on their lives. Explain your intentions and ask for their advice. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might have to defend a workplace decision you plan to make. Colleagues might back you up on this, but it’s the facts that will ultimately win the day for you. Good luck. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat’s coworkers might not be doing enough to help get that project finished. Your roars might stir things up, but gentle purrr-suasion will prove to be more effective. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Someone you care for needs help with a problem. Give it lovingly and without judging the situation. Whatever you feel you should know will be revealed later. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) While you’re to be admired for how you handled recent workplace problems, be careful not to react the same way to a new situation until all the facts are in. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Rely on your keen instincts as well as the facts at hand when dealing with a troubling situation. Be patient. Take things one step at a time as you work through it. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your curiosity leads you to ask questions. However, the answers might not be what you hoped to hear. Don’t reject them without checking them out. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be careful not to tackle a problem without sufficient facts. Even sure-footed Goats need to know where they’ll land before leaping off a mountain path. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Appearances can be deceiving. You need to do more investigating before investing your time, let alone your money, in something that might have some hidden flaws. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your recent stand on an issue could make you the focus of more attention than you would like. But you’ll regain your privacy, as well as more time with loved ones by week’s end.


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→ On Nov. 7, 1776, Congress chooses Richard Bache to succeed his father-in-law, Benjamin Franklin, as postmaster general. Franklin invested nearly 40 years in the establishment of a reliable system of delivering mail. He was fired in 1774 for opening and publishing Massachusetts Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s correspondence. → On Nov. 5, 1895, Rochester, N.Y., patent attorney George Selden wins U.S. Patent No. 549,160 for an “improved road engine” powered by a “liquid-hydrocarbon engine of the compression type.” With that, as far as the government was concerned, George Selden had invented the car -- though he had never built a single one. → On Nov. 10, 1928, the first installment of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Erich Maria Remarque’s acclaimed novel of World War I, is first published in serial form. Remarque’s realistic depiction of trench warfare from the perspective of young soldiers was eventually translated into more than 20 languages.

(NC)—Most of us love to shop for the holidays and many of us have discovered the convenience of the internet to make the task that much simpler. To keep things simpler still, shopping for that person who’s difficult to buy for has been solved with gift cards – the number two preferred gift (after clothing) on most gift wish lists. One important thing to remember is − no matter what you buy or where you buy it – the smart consumer needs to be diligent to avoid surprises. Here are some seasonal-savvy tips to ensure your online shopping is an enjoyable experience: • Buy from a reputable business. Don’t risk handing someone your money who might not deliver. • Consider the full cost of the purchase. Add in all applicable taxes, shipping and handling charges, duty and currency conversions. • If you are buying gifts internationally, make sure the product meets Canadian safety standards. • Make sure your credit card number and personal financial information is protected. Responsible businesses use secure and protected websites and servers. Find out who you contact should anything go wrong.

→ On Nov. 11, 1942, Congress approves lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37, increasing If you’re shopping for gift cards, keep these tips in mind: the number of draftees. During the first draft in 1940, 50 percent were rejected for health reasons and 20 percent of those who registered were illiterate. → On Nov. 8, 1951, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra is voted the American League’s most valuable player for the first time in his career. He went on to be the league MVP twice more, in 1954 and 1955. → On Nov. 9, 1965, the biggest power failure in U.S. history occurs as all of New York state, and parts of seven neighboring states and eastern Canada are plunged into darkness. The blackout during the evening rush hour trapped 800,000 people in New York’s subways and stranded thousands more in office buildings and elevators. → On Nov. 6, 1977, the earthen Toccoa Falls Dam in northeastern Georgia gives way, and 39 people die in the resulting flood. A volunteer fireman had inspected the dam and found everything in order just hours before it suddenly failed, sending water approaching speeds of 120 mph thundering down the canyon and creek.

• Read and understand the terms and conditions of each gift card before you buy. In Ontario, expiry dates are prohibited on gift cards and certificates holding a specific dollar amount, but fees can still be charged for shopping mall gift cards and others redeemed at more than one unaffiliated store. • Buy from a reputable, financially sound retailer. If the store goes bankrupt, you may not be able to use the card or get your money back. • Keep the receipt as a guarantee of the value of the card. It may be needed as proof of payment if the card is lost or stolen. • Keep track of your current balance. Should your card information be compromised, you’ll be aware of it in time to act. Nobody needs headaches over the holidays. Be a smart consumer and shop with caution together with the confidence that comes from dealing with reputable businesses. More information is available at ontario.ca/consumerservices.


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BEE BRAINS (continued): • Professor James Gould tested some bees by placing a bowl of sugar water near a beehive. After it had been discovered by the bees, he started moving it. Every few minutes he moved the dish, but each move was four times longer than the previous move. Thus, he moved it one inch, then four inches, then 16 inches and so on. Soon he was moving the dish more than 100 feet in a single jump. The bees caught on and were waiting for him when he arrived.

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• Percent of the average human diet derived from insect-pollinated plants: 33% • Percent of that pollination performed by honey bees: 80% • Percent of the time bees spend sleeping: 0 • Number of bees in a hive: up to 60,000 • Percent of body weight an average bee can carry in its nectar load: 50% • Number of eggs an average queen bee lays per day: 3,000

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• Amount of food she needs to eat daily to do so: 80 times her weight from England has enough heart and visual grandeur to get anyone hyped up for Christmas. Santa has two sons; Steve (voiced by Hugh Laury), the tough-as-nails Christmas commando; and Arthur (James Macavoy), a clumsy little guy with funny voice intonations. When a present for one deserving child is left behind, it’s up to Arthur and Grandsanta to make the delivery in time for Christmas morning. This is the first major computer-animated production from Aardman Animations, the studio famous for “Wallace and Gromit.” Regardless of how you handle British humor, “Arthur Christmas” is cheerful and warm. There are some wicked humorists behind the scenes, but Arthur’s finished product is as bright and cheery as a star on a tree. “Your Sister’s Sister” (R) -- Jack (Mark Duplass) is mourning the loss of his brother when he makes a scene at a memorial. His friend Iris (Emily Blunt) sends him to an old family cabin in the Pacific Northwest to sort things out. Jack finds Iris’ sister is already at the cabin, drinking after a big breakup. Jack and Hannah have a one-night stand, and a perfect love triangle forms when Iris

shows up the next morning. What is it with cabins adjacent to water that always makes people have heart-to-heart talks and face their inner wants? This movie is part melodrama, part romcom, but certainly interesting and heartfelt. “Rashomon” (Criterion Collection) -- This 1951 film from celebrated director Akira Kurosawa is often mimicked for its inventive storytelling. In feudal Japan, local authorities try to figure out how a samurai was killed while walking through the woods with his wife. The story is told through the testimony given by each of the witnesses. The stories don’t match up, but certain details seem to stick out. TV RELEASES

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Harrison Harrison is lovely boy… he is sweet, he is affectionate, and he is 19 years old. Harrison has enjoyed the same home since he was a tiny kitten and he felt safe there. He knew when he would be fed, he knew the best places to sleep, and he knew he was loved. But Harrison’s world was turned upside down exactly the same time his elderly person’s was when she had to leave her home and her beloved Harrison behind to go into care. Despite the odds, Harrison has settled well into shelter life and is doing well. He is a very nice cat with lots of life left to live and lots of love left to share. We are hoping there is a big heart out there who can provide this gentle Gent with the retirement home he deserves. If you are nervous about the vet bills that may accompany a senior animal, please talk to us about our Permanent Foster program.

Cordelia Cordelia is a charming girl who is eager for attention and will jump right into your lap and into your heart. She is one of the first to greet you as you enter the communal room and she seems to do well with her feline roommates she shares it with. We don’t know what circumstances led to Cordelia becoming stray, but based on the cat we have come to know, it couldn’t have been any fault of hers.

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DEAR SUSAN: Cats, like people, sometimes put on weight so gradually that it’s the scale that sounds the first warning, rather than looks or lack of activity. Frank may not seem too fat, and he gets around just fine, but that good health won’t last if the weight stays on him. He has quite a bit in his favor. It sounds like Frank is a healthy cat who stays active. You can encourage this activity by increasing the amount of time you play with him -- if you dangle a cat toy in front of Frank for five minutes every hour so, increase that to 10 minutes each time. It’s also very important to follow the dietary guidelines set down by the veterinarian. Usually a pet diet involves reducing the amount of calories taken in each day. That means serving smaller portions at feeding time. Food treats must be avoided as well, so the extra calories don’t go straight to your cat’s midsection. Keeping Frank’s weight down now will help prolong not only his life, but the quality of that life. Being obese will eventually lead to a host of expensive health problems -- diet and exercise cost mostly time and patience.

Should you insure your pet? (NC) – Health care costs are rising not only for people but also for their pets. When your pet becomes ill, do you have the available resources to pay for medications, X-rays or even a surgery? Pet owners across Canada are finding that pet insurance is a wise investment. Those who know their pets are covered are more likely to seek care for them, whether for regular check-ups or sick care, and that means healthier pets.

“A relatively small premium can cover a broad range of illnesses and treatments,” says Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Western Financial Group, whose brokers offer insurance throughout the western provinces. “We’re seeing an upward trend in the number of pet owners who are opting to manage their veterinary costs through insurance. They want to make sure their pets always get the best care possible.”

What should a pet health insurance policy cover? Burke recommends: • Hospitalization • Surgery • Medical Devices • Prescriptions • X-rays • Dental Care • Behavioural Therapy • Alternative Treatments “The health and well-being of a pet is intricately linked to the

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Community Events Open Mic/Stage at Kanaka Creek Cafe Every week until January 30, 2013; 10124155 102 Avenue, Maple Ridge. Do you sing or play an instrument? Come out every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30pm! An acoustic only evening, open to musicians and audience alike…a really good way to spend a couple of hours, perform or just come and have a good time. Ladies Coffee/Tea ‘N More get-together Every Thursday morning from 10:3012noon at Grace Community Church, 12240 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows. All Ladies are invited and welcome for friendship, caring, sharing, snacks n’ more. The theme for Fall is ‘Various Themes, Topics and Conversation’. Look forward to seeing you - any questions call Jayne @ 465-6897 Harry Hooge Christmas Craft Fair YOUR ONE STOP CHRISTMAS SHOP! November 17th, from 10am - 4pm! 12280 230th street, Maple Ridge, Over 50 crafters and vendors. Admission by donation! Watch for more information at www.harryhooge. sd42.ca under the PAC group tab or email us at hhcraftfair@hotmail.ca FREE MOVIE NIGHT!!! Includes healthy snacks and recipes! Got Milk? Your health is in your hands! The movie “Got the Facts on Milk” questions the deep-rooted belief in the health benefits of milk. It examines the scientific research on the subject. The film raises questions about dairy’s role in cancer, osteoporosis, weight gain, asthma, acne, early menstruation, and more. It covers the subject of lactose intolerance, and explains why the consumption of dairy products is influenced by political, economic, ethical and environmental considerations. Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012 Time: 6:30 pm Location: Christian Life Assembly: 11756 – 232nd street Maple Ridge, BC. Call to reserve your seat 604-355-5433 patricia@ integratednutrition.ca www.integratednutrition.ca

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Q: I finally caught up on season one of the new “Dallas,” and I can’t wait to see more! Please tell me it will return for another season. If so, when? -- Deena W., via e-mail A: TNT’s hit reboot of “Dallas” -- which stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster and Brenda Strong -- definitely will be back for another round of family intrigue, altercations and double-dealings. A 13-episode second season premieres Jan.

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Put Stamp on Fall With Real Apple Art Some of my kids’ best and least-expensive art supplies have come from nature. Acorns, leaves, shells, pinecones and sticks all have provided inspiration for a plethora of family craft and decorating projects. Now that apple season is here, it’s a perfect time to get your creative juices flowing and use real apples to stamp out some original art. You can stamp apple prints onto brown craft paper or recycled brown grocery bags for lovely homemade wrapping paper, gift tags and book covers. To create wearable art to celebrate fall, stamp apple prints with permanent acrylic fabric paints on a sweatshirt, T-shirt or cotton infant wear. Stamp fabric napkins, place mats, potholder and dish towels, too. There’s really no end to objects that can sport an apple stamp or two. Here’s the fun: Slice an apple in half vertically. Pat it dry with a towel and remove as much moisture as possible. For a handle that young kids can grab onto, poke a fork

into the outside center of the apple. Pour craft paint in squeeze bottles onto a paper plate. (Use fabric paint if stamping clothing.) Dip the cut side of the apple into the paint. Press the apple gently on a paper towel to absorb some of the paint, and then press the apple firmly onto the paper or fabric. Stamp as many prints as you like by dipping and printing. When your apple prints are dry, dip a toothpick or small paintbrush into some green or brown paint and paint a slender stem and a leaf onto your apple print. Or, glue a real stem on a print or two for an original look! Notes: --For a group project, look for cheaper bruised fruit at apple orchards. --If you cut an apple widthwise around the circumference, the seeds form a perfect star shape. Remove the seeds and stamp out the natural design. --If using fabric paints on fabric, an adult should heat-set the prints with an iron according to product instructions after the paint has dried.

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Boost your health from the inside out (NC)—Maybe the chill of fall has encouraged a craving for fatty foods and cocooning at home in front of the television. If so, it’s time to get inspired and feel great by energizing your body from the inside out. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) has designated November 12-18 as Natural Health Products Week—a time for Canadians to take stock of what they’re consuming, from food to products alike. “Participating in Natural Health Products Week is an excellent opportunity for people to make more of an effort in promoting and maintaining their health,” says Helen Sherrard, president of CHFA, a national trade association dedicated to the natural health and organic products industry. “In fact, more than 70 per cent of Canadians say they have used a natural health product and their appetite for organics is also on the rise.” CHFA suggests these top three ways to boost your health from the inside out: Enjoy more whole foods—Convenience is entrenched in the modern lifestyle which sometimes means grabbing fast, processed food and snacks on a regular basis. However, it’s just as convenient to eat whole foods, and a much healthier option. Whole foods are typically unprocessed or unrefined. Nuts, seeds and fruits are good examples of healthy ready-toeat foods. Learn which natural health options improve your health—Stop by your local specialty retailer where knowledgeable staff can share helpful information and health tips with you. While there, you may also be able to celebrate Natural Health Products Week by participating in draws for prizes, enjoying a sample taste test, or picking up natural health items you need. Go organic—Certified organic foods have been grown and handled according to strict procedures and without persistent toxic chemical inputs.“You can celebrate with CHFA by purchasing organic foods from your natural health retailer,” says Sherrard. “This participation will not only invest in your health, but it will also support sustainable environmentally friendly practices and animal welfare.”

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT, KEEP IT OFF, LOOK YOUNGER AND LIVE LONGER For the following weeks, I will be sharing valuable information on extensive research I have been doing on weight loss, the weight loss industry and all the physical and psychological implications on the topic. The weight loss industry is a multimillionaire industry with many products in the market claiming to help you lose weight. There is information everywhere, magazines, books, television, internet, etc. But the reality is that every day the rate of obesity is increasing and the weight loss companies are getting richer. The weight loss industry is taking the lead on how you spend your money to control weight, rather than you questioning what‘s making you gain extra pounds. Your health and your weight should be on your hands not on the hands of the weight loss industry. Focusing on weight loss alone, the results are rarely permanent. While weight loss is important, it should not be the main goal. It should be a pleasant and a normal by-product of the road to the primary goal: Great Health. Superior health is marked by an exceptionally long and relatively disease-free lifespan. Countless studies reveal that people with superior health are slim. Learning how to achieve superior health, the ideal weight will follow naturally. First, it is important to

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