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778-895-7795 darylaikin@shaw.ca ICE CREAM INFO (continued):

• In the 13th century when explorer Marco Polo returned to his native Italy from his travels in the Far East, he brought home a recipe very similar to our sherbet of today. “Cream Ice” was on the table of England’s King Charles I during the early 1600s. A Parisian café first offered ice cream to the public around 1600.

• Ice cream’s first official mention in North America was in a letter from a guest of the governor of Maryland. The New York Gazette featured a confectioner’s advertisement for ice cream in 1777 informing readers that the treat was available “almost every day.” President George Washington was a great lover of ice cream, with records indicating that the chief executive spent $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790. His personal effects at the time of his death included two pewter ice cream pots. James Madison was another president who was fond of the treat, having it served at his Inaugural Ball in 1813.

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• America’s first patent for an ice cream cone was issued in 1903 to Italo Marchiony, an Italian immigrant who invented his cone in New York City. The following year the St. Louis World’s Fair featured a vendor selling crisp waffle pastries, who just happened to have his booth next to an ice cream merchant. When the ice cream booth ran out of dishes, the ALL ABOUT BABY FOOD pasty vendor stepped in, rolling his waffles into It seems there’s an observance of some kind cone shapes. The rest, as they say, is history. for nearly everyone. The third week of July is Today’s machines are capable of producing National Baby Food Week, so this week Tidbits about 150,000 cones every day. is looking into the history of this common item. • There are a lot of items that are called ice • Swiss pharmacist Henri Nestlé is credited as cream, so what’s the difference? Under federal the inventor of the first artificial infant food law, ice cream must contain at least 10% in 1867. At the request of a friend whose milkfat and weigh a minimum of 4.5 lbs. per infant could not nurse naturally or digest gallon. “French” ice cream contains that 10% fresh cow’s milk, Nestlé created a mixture as well as at least 1.4% egg yolk solids. of malted wheat and sweetened condensed milk. He was soon selling 500,000 boxes of • The world’s first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Nestlé’s Milk Food annually. By the late 1880s, Illinois in 1940, and within 15 years there there were several brands for parents to were 2,600 locations. Estevan, Saskatchewan choose from, mostly grain mixtures that were became home to the first Canadian store in 1953. Canada is also the site of the world’s business Dairy Queen, in Moncton, New Brunswick. Dairy Queen’s success is the result of developing the first formula for soft-serve ice cream, accomplished by John Fremont McCullough in 1938. • Friends since junior high school on Long Island, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have an enduring friendship. It was Jerry’s ambition to enter med school, but he couldn’t seem to get accepted into any. Ben was admitted to several colleges, but dropped out of all of them. The pair plunked down $5 to purchase a correspondence course on ice cream making from Penn State University. Between the two of them, they had $8,000 in savings, and with the addition of a $4,000 bank loan, they set out on a new business venture. They leased a vacant gas station in Burlington, Vermont, and opened their ice cream parlor in 1978. An old spool and bobbin mill was their next location, where they first began packing their ice cream in pints. Franchises began in 1981,

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to be mixed with milk. • A small canning company opened in rural Michigan in 1901, packaging peas, beans, and fruits. The Fremont Canning Company was owned and operated by the Frank Gerber family. After years of effort, by 1917, the company finally reached annual sales exceeding $1 million. In 1927, Frank’s son Daniel was the assistant manager of the company and father to a new baby daughter.


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and can now be found in 26 countries around the world. They achieved recognition in 1983 when Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was used to put together the world’s largest ice cream sundae, one weighing 27,102 lbs. (12,293 kg). • The first Coldstone Creamery opened its doors in 1988 in Tempe, Arizona. Just fifteen years later, the company marked the opening of its 500th store, and four years later there were more than 2,700 locations worldwide. They now operate in 20 countries, including Egypt, Brazil, Dubai, and Cyprus. In Japan, it’s ranked as the #1 place to work.

• Reuben Mattus was a Polish-born New York businessman who created the Haagen Dazs ice cream formula in 1959. He devised the Danish-sounding name of the product at his kitchen table, reciting nonsensical words aloud

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Rigby is a calm, gentle, and affectionate boy. Black cats, especially medium or long-haired ones, have a harder time finding homes than other colours of cats. Unfortunately for Rigby, the poor fellow also has FIV, making him MUCH more difficult to find a home for. If Rigby understands this, he sure takes it in stride - he`s an easy-going, mellow, friendly cat. He’s not buddies with any of the other cats in his pen but he also does not pick on the others. He likes to keep to himself and enjoys human company a lot. If you have other cats with FIV, Rigby will most likely fit in just fine with them. If you don`t have any other cats, perhaps he will be the special one who captures your heart. Please come and visit him - and if you`re interested in taking him home, please ask us about taking him as `permanent foster`. As a permanent foster he would have all his vet bills covered by Katie’s Place. Rigby has tested positive for FIV so he MUST be an indoor-only kitty who only enjoys the companionship of other FIV cats. FIV is not transmissible to people or dogs - only to other cats. What Stumpy lacks in size, he certainly makes up for in character! His croaky meow and yellow eyes will definitely grab your attention. This little guy spent years living alone on the streets of the BC Interior, with no one to love him or look out for him – it’s hard to imagine how

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Canadian Tid-bits ▶ Edouard Beaupre was born in Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan in 1881. By the age of 20, he stood over 8 ft tall and weighed about 400 lbs. He toured with Barnum & Bailey where his act included lifting horses. When he died of tuberculosis at age 23, he was 8 foot 3 inches tall and still growing.

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▶ Canada is home to about 55,000 different species of insects. ▶ Neil ‘Piffles’ Taylor lost an eye during World War I but that didn’t keep him from playing for the Roughriders when he returned. He got a glass eye. Legend has it that during one particularly hard play, his eye popped out. The game was halted while members of both teams searched for the glass eye. Taylor Field in Regina is named after him. ▶ Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome) is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 10 m x 33.6 m (33 ft x 111 ft). ▶ Canada’s largest national park is Wood Buffalo National Park at 44,807 square kilometers, which makes it the largest national park in North America and the second largest park in the world. (Only Northeast Greenland National Park in Greenland is bigger.) It was formed in 1922 to protect the last of Canada’s bison, and about 5,000 live there now. ▶ Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories is so secluded that it receives fewer than a thousand visitors annually.

BABY FOOD (continued): When the family pediatrician advised Daniel and his wife Dorothy to cook, mash, and strain solid foods for baby Sally, Dorothy suggested that the canning company look into producing foods for babies. In 1928, the company, the company introduced strained peas, prunes, carrots, and spinach. Close to 600,000 cans were sold the first year. • Gerber’s ad campaign for their new products featured a contest to find the perfect baby face to represent the company. Many elaborate oil paintings were submitted, but it was a simple charcoal sketch submitted by Dorothy Hope Smith that was chosen in 1931. The face of Smith’s tiny neighbor in Westport, Connecticut is one recognized by generations around the world.

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• When a nationwide poll queried participants as to the identity of the Gerber baby, guesses included movie icons Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor and politicians Richard Nixon and Bob Dole. Many believed it was Sally Gerber. The baby’s identity was kept secret until 1978, when it was revealed that the Gerber trademark was actually Ann Turner Cook, daughter of a cartoonist. Today, 86-year-old Ann is a retired schoolteacher who resides in Florida and is a published author of mysteries. • In 1938, the Gerber company established a customer relations department to address consumers’ questions. Little 10-year-old Sally Gerber was the first customer representative, answering each letter individually, a duty she continued even after she became a senior vice-president of the company. • In 1941, the Gerber Company was producing one million cans of baby food every week. They abandoned the production of all adult products and began manufacturing only baby food, leading to their famous advertising slogan “Babies are our business…our only business.” Gerber now controls over 80% of the nation’s baby food market.


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