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ODD DOTS ON THE MAP by Patricia L. Cook When studying maps, whether with an atlas, a fold out map or internet mapping site like Google Maps, some names just kind of jump out at you. Many strange and funny names dot maps around the globe! Tidbits will direct you to a few. • Toponymy is “the study of place names.” Many places were named for historical events, persons or naturally occurring landmarks. Some have strange names that seem to have come from joking comedians or drunken sailors! • To start off with a laugh, a funny dot on maps of Quebec is Baie des Ha! Ha! This is a hamlet near the Ha! Ha! River, which has five dams, all named Ha! Ha! (numbered 1-5). There is also a Pointe des Ha! Ha!, Bridge Lake Ha! Ha!, Park Ha! Ha!, and more! The areas are all interesting and beautiful spots in Quebec. Remember that Canada has both English and French as their national languages. The French meaning of “haha” is “an unexpected obstacle on the path.” Sort of explains where the names must come from. • Another interesting place in eastern Canada is Blow Me Down Provincial Park near Deer Lake, Newfoundland. The wind does blow across and over the Blow Me Down Mountains but the park actually has lots of trees to shield visitors from the wind. • When the town of Deer Lake was named in the late 1800s, it was named for the many “deer” who often crossed the local lake. Those deer were actually caribou. • A whistle on the roof of the Deer Lake Power Plant was placed there during construction in the early 1920s. An air raid siren that was brought to Newfoundland from England, it is still used today. Local residents listen for the whistle to know whether they are on time for work, ready for lunch, or ready to end their work day. It is sounded Monday to Saturday but silent on Sunday. The whistle also is blown in honor of several Canadian holidays. • If you do happen to visit Blow Me Down Park and Deer Lake in Newfoundland you should also head southwest and see Jerry’s Nose. Why? Because a place with a name like that should be interesting! • Heading way south, actually to the southern hemisphere, there is a lone rock hill in Queensland, Australia that is named Bang Bang Jump Up! turn the page for more!

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Tidbits® of the River Region ODD DOTS ON THE MAP (continued): This may make you wonder if a hunter found a large kangaroo years ago! • Hat Head National Park in New South Wales Australia boasts sand dunes, wetlands, the clear waters of the Tasman Sea and beautiful beaches. As opposed to “bed head,” which means bad hair, this is a place where a hat is needed for protection from the sunshine. It is about seven hours south of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. • There are many odd place names in all countries, including the United States. The state claiming New York City, one of the most fashion forward, sophisticated cities in the world, is also where Hoosick and Owl’s Head are located. However, there is also an Owl’s Head, Maine. Additionally, Maine has Bald Head and Suckerville on the map. • Speaking of suckers, if you’ve driven across the U.S. on Interstate 40 you’ve probably noticed signs for Toad Suck Park, near Conway, Arkansas. Years ago, Toad Suck was a steamboat stop on the Arkansas River. The legend is that riverboat crews would visit a local tavern and “suck whiskey until they swelled up like toads!” The name is still used today for a U.S. Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam, a bridge, and the popular “Toad Suck Daze” festival held in Conway each May. • By the way, most Americans say the name of the Arkansas River using the same pronunciation used for the state: Ar-can-saw. People in the state of Kansas call it the Ar-Kansas, with emphasis on their state name! • Kansas has a small unincorporated town named Canada. David Christie, Speaker of the Canadian Senate from 1874-1878, sent his sons to purchase land in Kansas and other Canadians followed. • Some places have names that have no known reason for their origin. Maybe the answer to those origin questions should be submitted to Why, Arizona! Why is a community about thirty miles north of the Mexican border near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The town name originated from the Y intersection of State Routes 85 and 86. Arizona law required all city names to have at least three letters – or it would have simply been “Y.” By the way, the intersection has since been changed to a T intersection. • If you are looking for Grit, Noodle or Cut and Shoot, you need to go to the state of Texas. Grit was so-named after the texture of the soil. Noodle was named after Noodle Creek, which according to old folk tradition meant “nothing,” meaning the creek bed was dry. • Cut and Shoot was named when a religious dispute concerning a visiting preacher arose in the Texas town. Some wanted to hear him and some didn’t! An eightyear-old said, “I’m scared! I’m going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!” He did cut but didn’t shoot and his words lived on in the town name! • While all places have histories, the small towns of Remote and Boring in Oregon must not have been as lively as Cut and Shoot. No Name, Colorado also missed out on a lively name. • Hot Coffee, Mississippi got its name from an innkeeper who attached a sign shaped like a coffee pot to his building to attract business in the 1800s. The inn’s business grew and the area adopted the name. • Two Egg, Florida was originally named Allison after a family-owned sawmill. During the Great Depression locals began trading eggs for other needs at the general store. The practice saved the town, and the name Two Egg was adopted. Tiny little Two Egg is still on the map! • Many strange names dot the map of Kentucky. Monkey’s Eyebrow, Rabbit Hash, Big Bone Lick, and Possom Trot are some of the peculiar ones. However, you have to go to Missouri to get to Peculiar and if you are interested in bigger critters like moose, maybe a visit to Eek, Alaska would be fun! • F o r t h e l o n g e s t p l a c e n a m e i n t h e world, head down under to beautiful New Zealand. aumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a hill where a chief of the native Maori tribe mourned the loss of his brother. It means “the hilltop where Tamatea with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveler over land and sea, played his koauau to his beloved.”

“Be known before you’re needed” Advertise with Tidbits (334) 202-7285 PIERRE TRUDEAU Pierre Trudeau was one of the most widely known prime ministers in Canada’s history. He served as his country’s top leader for sixteen years, from 1968 until 1984. • Trudeau was born October 18, 1919 in Montreal and grew up in the wealthy suburb of Outremont. His full name was Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau. He and his two siblings grew up speaking French and English; their mother was of French and Scottish heritage, their father was French Canadian. • After graduating from Collège Jean-deBrébeuf, an elite Jesuit preparatory school, Trudeau received a law degree from the University of Montreal. He also studied at Harvard, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and the London School of Economics. He had a reputation as a flamboyant and charismatic intellectual. He was clever, witty and quite controversial at times. • The press and many Canadians loved having Trudeau as their leader but, as with any politician, he also had many who did not agree with his liberal ways. Trudeau wore sandals in Canada’s House of Commons, used obscenities occasionally when referring to his opponents and actually did a pirouette behind Queen Elizabeth II! • He was married from 1971 to 1984 to Margaret with whom he had three sons. He also had a daughter later with Deborah Coyne in 1991. Trudeau dated several celebrities, such as Barbra Streisand, Kim Cantrell and Margot Kidder, adding to his own high profile celebrity status. He had an eight-year relationship with British actress and musician, Liona Boyd. Trudeau’s love life both thrilled and embarrassed Canadians. • Trudeau’s influence and policies established him as a political giant in Canadian history. He was prime minister when Canada adopted the Official Languages Act, establishing English and French as the national languages, in 1969. • He also lead the country through the most serious terrorist acts ever on Canadian soil, the October Crisis in 1970. The quick and strong response to stop the Front De Libération Du Québec (FLQ) involving in two kidnappings and the murder of Québec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte, lead to the invocation of the War Measures Act. This controversial act gave the government broad powers, including stationing armed soldiers on Parliament Hill to maintain security and order. The act was only used during the two world wars and the October Crisis. A famous line from Trudeau used in a news conference concerning how far he would go to maintain order, was: “Well, just watch me! • Probably the most memorable action with the most significant change for the country of Canada was when Trudeau lead the government leadership in total separation from the United Kingdom (UK). Patriation occurred in 1982, transferring legal powers from the UK to Canada. Canada became an autonomous country, adopting its own constitution, including a charter of rights. • The popular Trudeau left many memories, political and otherwise, for Canadians and people all over the world. During his years in office, the term “Trudeaumania” was widely used referring to his style and influence. The sports cars he drove along with the trademark rose in his lapel will remain a part of history. He died on September 28, 2000, in Montreal, a few weeks before his 81st birthday.

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* On March 17, 1834, Gottlieb Daimler, who in 1890 founded an engine and car company bearing his name, is born in Germany. In 1885, he and Wilhelm Maybach developed a new version of the four-stroke internal-combustion engine, which they attached to a wooden bicycle, creating what has been referred to as the world’s first motorcycle. * On March 19, 1842, French writer de Balzac’s play “Les Ressources de Quinola” opens to an empty house, thanks to a failed publicity stunt. Hoping to create a buzz, the writer circulated a rumor that tickets were sold out. Unfortunately, most of his fans stayed home. * On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is published. The book was so widely read that when President Abraham Lincoln met Stowe, he reportedly said, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.” * On March 22, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Beer and Wine Revenue Act. The law levied a federal tax on all alcoholic beverages to raise revenue for the federal government and gave individual states the option to impose further regulations. * On March 18, 1942, the War Relocation Authority is created to “take all people of Japanese descent into custody.” Earl Warren (who would go on to become chief justice of the Supreme Court) claimed that a lack of evidence of sabotage among the Japanese population proved nothing, as they were merely biding their time. * On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closes down and transfers its last prisoners. At its peak use in 1950s, “The Rock,” or “America’s Devil Island,” housed more than 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility.

Anton Harris DOB: 3/6/1978 Black/Male 6’3” 294 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Outstanding Warrants: Failure to Appear Possession of Controlled Substance

* On March 23, 1983, Barney Clark dies, 112 days after becoming the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart. The 61-year-old dentist spent the last four months of his life at the University of Utah Medical Center attached to a 350-pound console that pumped air in and out of the aluminum-and-plastic implant through a system of hoses. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Laportia Brooks Black/Female 5’2” 200 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown

Outstanding Warrants: Reckless Endangerment

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GREAT DOUGH! While many think of money when they see the word, “dough,” this information is about the use of dough in baking some of the world’s favorite breads. • The topic of bread dough is enormous so a few “little” facts about some popular breads will fill this Tidbits section quickly. • Let’s start with the Pillsbury Dough Boy. An icon of advertising in America known around the world, “Poppin’ Fresh” is the doughboy’s official name. Created by the Leo Burnett advertising agency in 1965, the doughboy debuted in a crescent roll commercial. Within three years he had an 87% recognition factor. • The doughboy’s first words were,”Hi! I’m Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy!” As he popped out of the canned rolls, he also said, “Nothin’ says lovin’ like bakin’ in the oven, and Pillsbury says it best.” Since the beginning, the doughboy has been dressed in a chef’s hat bearing the Pillsbury logo, a white neckerchief and his soft “doughy” body. He is known for his cute giggle when poked in the tummy! • BeaverTails Canada Inc. has a corner on the market in the northern country with its famous pastries called “BeaverTails.” The company claims that it is “the first to hand-stretch fried pieces of dough to the shape of beavers’ tails.” Created by Pam and Grant Hooker in Ottawa in 1978, the company is now owned by twin brothers Anthony and Pino DiIoias and Pino’s wife, Tina Serrao. • The pastries, made with whole wheat dough and a variety of sweet toppings, had a big television moment when President Obama stopped by the Byward Market in Ottawa in 2009. They also have been served at special events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January, 2012. • Just as BeaverTails are fried dough (or floatcooked), so are “beignets.” The official state doughnut of Louisiana, beignet is French for “fried dough.” Most popular at the Café du Mond, “the original French Market coffee stand since 1862,” in New Orleans, beignets were actually brought to Louisiana by Acadians from the Maritime Provinces of Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. • Areas with large Polish communities serve their own version of fried doughnuts, paczki, usually with a sweet filling. Mardi Gras, which is March 4 this year, is Paczki Day in Poland and areas with Polish immigrants. • Napoleon Bonaparte was the originator of the name for pumpernickel bread. His demand for a loaf of dark rye bread was for his horse! He ordered “Pain pour Nicole,” which meant “Bread for Nicole,” the horse. This was in Prussia where the bakers were German and they heard it as “pumpernickel.” • Another bread with an odd name is the “hushpuppy.” Served in the southern U.S., usually with fried fish or other seafood, hushpuppies are small round or finger-shaped bites of fried cornmeal batter. Several legends about the name exist, either about Civil War soldiers, fishermen, or cooks who tossed the tasty treats to dogs to stop begging or barking followed by, “Hush, puppy!” The oldest story of their creation actually is attributed to a group of nuns from France who settled in New Orleans around 1727; the treats were known as “croquettes de maise,” or corncake. • The term “breaking bread” is not only a term used for mealtime, but for religious fellowship. It is also a universal term for “peace.” Now, go in peace and enjoy some dough!

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1. In 2013, Michael Cuddyer set a Colorado Rockies record for most consecutive games reaching base in a season (46). Who had held the mark? 2. Who holds the record for most doubles in a season? 3. The Texans’ Andre Johnson, in 2012, became the second NFL player to have 100 catches and 1,500 receiving yards in at least three seasons. Who was the first? 4. In the 2012-13 college basketball season, Ben McLemore broke the Kansas freshman single-game scoring record with 36 points. Who had held the mark? 5. During the 1970s, “Original Six” NHL teams made up 15 of the 20 teams that played in the Stanley Cup Finals. Which two teams appeared the most times? 6. In 2013, Usain Bolt tied for the top spot in world championship career medals for men in track and field, with 10. Who also has 10? 7. Who has won golf’s U.S. Senior Open the most times?

1. Is the Song of Solomon in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Numbers 16, who ran into the congregation carrying incense to stop a plague? Moses, Aaron, Izhar, Anak 3. To whom did Paul address, “Mine own son after the common faith”? Timothy, Philemon, Titus, James 4. In 1 Kings 5, what type of trees out of Lebanon provided the wood for Solomon’s temple? Cedar, Fig, Olive, Barley 5. From 1 Samuel 9, who was Saul’s father? Jonathan, Michal, Goliath, Kish 6. How did God first appear to Moses? Burning bush, Whirlwind, Mighty wave, Thunder

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by Samantha Weaver * It was celebrated Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky who made the following sage observation: “Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human.” * If you can foretell the future by looking at fingernail clippings, you’re practicing onychomancy. * The name of the islands of Hawaii is thought to come from a word in an early Polynesian language meaning “place of the gods.” * You might be surprised to learn that before novelist Salman Rushdie wrote “The Satanic Verses” and had a fatwa issued against him by the Supreme Leader of Iran, he worked in advertising, coming up with slogans for candy companies. * If you’re like the average woman, you will kiss 15 men, go on four disastrous dates, be stood up once and suffer heartbreak twice before you meet the man you want to settle down with. * In 2009, Japanese scientists revealed that the human body emits a very slight, yet perceptible, glow. After using a special camera to study a sample of men in their 20s, they found that intensity of the glow varies, with the lowest point at around 10 a.m. and the brightest at 4 a.m. * Horses can tell each other apart just by the sound of their whinnies. * It is traditional in Scotland to “blacken the bride.” In this process, a soon-to-wed woman is abducted by friends, covered in honey, eggs, sauce and feathers, then taken around town on a pub crawl. * In ancient Rome, slaves with red hair commanded a higher price from buyers. *** Thought for the Day: “What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.” -- Boris Pasternak (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


1) Old; 2) Aaron; 3) Titus; 4) Cedar; 5) Kish; 6) Burning bush

1. Matt Holliday reached base in 38 straight games in 2007. 2. Earl Webb had 67 doubles for the Boston Red Sox in 1931. 3. Marvin Harrison did it for the Colts (1999, 200102). 4. Danny Manning had 35 points in a game in 1985. 5. Montreal (six appearances, six titles) and Boston (five appearances, two titles). 6. Carl Lewis. 7. Miller Barber won it three times (1982, ‘84’85).

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Tidbits® of the River Region By Samantha Mazzotta

Prune Trees Before Spring Buds Appear Q: I’d like to trim back some of the branches on trees around my property before the growing season starts, but my wife argues that I should hire a tree service. What’s your take? -- Jim in New Hampshire A: Late winter is a good time to prune back non-flowering trees, once the coldest part of the season is past. It typically results in a burst of new growth once spring roars in. However, if the tree is already showing buds, hold off on the project until after the leaves are fully open. Homeowners also can prune at the end of summer -- it’s a good time to cut back branches that are hanging down too far under the weight of their leaves, for example. In either case, safety is paramount when it comes to pruning trees. Not only is working from a height a consideration, but surrounding power lines and other hazards can present extreme danger. If the branches involved are near the ground, not close to power lines or hanging over structures, and you have the proper tools to trim the branches along with a helper or three, then go ahead. A number of resources are available online. If the trees are very tall, if the branches involved overhang structures or wires, or if the branches are too large to safely remove with the tools at hand, don’t do it yourself. Contact a tree service or arborist to come out and do an estimate of the time and cost involved in the project. In either case, pruning trees will help keep them healthy and will keep your house and yard safer from falling debris. Trees will weather storms better and develop a more varied branch system. So it’s worth the effort and cost of taking care of them regularly, both on your own or with a professional tree service. HOME TIP: Always get estimates from more than one tree-trimming service, and don’t allow work to begin until you’ve agreed to it in writing. Send your questions or home tips to ask@ (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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