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• The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery traveled more than 4,000 miles on an expedition to explore the area west of the Mississippi River. The beach area that they discovered in Washington was not a sunfilled beach. In fact, the area is known for lots of rainy days. Even so, the beach, on the southwest coast of the state, is a fun spot, with more than 60 festivals and celebrations held on the Long Beach Peninsula in 2011. It is home to the World Kite Museum and also the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. • Another West Coast community named “Long Beach” is the city of Long Beach, California, south of Los Angeles. One of its main tourist attractions is the Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • Long Beach, Mississippi, is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but is still known as the “friendly city,” its moniker since incorporation in 1905. • On the Atlantic side of the country are Long Beach Island, New Jersey, known as LBI, and Long Beach, New York. Both are islands. LBI is accessible via one bridge or by boat. Long Beach, New York, is an oceanfront island at the southern end of Long Island,

New York. It has a 3.5-mile beach and a 2.25-milelong boardwalk that was built in 1914 with the help of elephants! • Do you know which state has the longest coastline in the continental United States? It is not Florida or California as you may guess, but Michigan. Michigan’s shoreline is 3,288 miles long, including 1,056 miles of island coasts. • Do you know which country has the longest shoreline in the world? Canada. Canada also has an area named “Long Beach.” The Long Beach “unit” of beaches consists of Radar Beach, Long Beach, Combers Beach and Wickaninnish Beach, which run from north to south for 15.5 miles and comprise the most popular portion of Pacific Rim National Park. This is the only national park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. It has long, sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, a rainforest and more. • Tofino, at the northern end of this Long Beach, boasts the highest annual mean temperature in Canada, 42 to 44 degrees F, which is also the same as the water temperature. Wetsuits are needed for surfing, but despite the chilly water, the waves draw northwest surfers year round. • A truly long beach that always makes the “world’s longest” beaches lists is Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

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Page 6 • www.tidbitscherokee.com • Tidbits® of Cherokee County PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS Cherokee Fresh Market Cherokee County Farm Bureau is the proud sponsor of Cherokee Fresh Market. The season runs through September 2nd. Hours are 9 am to 12 pm. New vendors are welcome, and do not have to be farmers. We have had handcrafted items like wood carvings and hand made hiking canes, soaps, and more in the past. We also welcome jams and jellies or baked goods as long as they are properly labeled with ingredients, name and contact information for the maker. No pickled items sadly, because of food safety issues. Home grown plants are welcome. Only locally grown (25 mile radius) or produced items are allowed unless posted as such. That will be limited to Georgia produce if the seller is the owner or family member of the owner. No resellers. Please get in touch for more specific information. There are no fees. We have tables and chairs available if reserved. 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Boling Park is on the banks of the Etowah River in Canton behind Cherokee High School. To get there, take Highway 575 to exit 16 to Highway 5 and follow the signs. For information, call (770) 704-5991 or visit the Web site at www.serviceleague.net Nimble Fingers of Roswell “Nimble Fingers of Roswell” knit and crochet for area hospitals, Northside Cancer, Cobb Pregnancy, Foster Families, and North Fulton Community Charities. We meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month @ Christ United Methodist Church, 1340 Woodstock RD, Roswell, GA after 10:30 am. We just began our 9th year! If you knit or crochet, or want to learn, please come and visit. We teach at no cost and patterns and yarn are provided. For further information please call 770-592-7843 THE TOWNE LAKE ARTS CENTER 8534 Main St Woodstock, presents: Nunsense The Elm Street Players present “Nunsense” a wacky musical comedy about five nuns trying to raise funds by putting on a variety show. Recommended for ages 13 and up. August 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm also 2pm matinees August 20 & 27. $11 Adults, $10 Seniors and $9 Students Held at City Center Auditorium 8534 Main St Woodstock 678-494-4251 www. elmstreetarts.org Cherokee County VAC Purse Fundraiser The Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit all of Cherokee County Senior Services Programs, including Meals on Wheels, the Emergency “Last Stop” Fund, the Building Project, Food Closet, and the Fan Drive. We are seeking volunteers to assist in these efforts. For more information or to volunteer, call 678-269-6677 or email: woodsgal007@gmail.com or visit: www.vac-cherokeega.org. Woodmont Business Club meets every Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in Cherokee Hall at the Woodmont Golf & Country Club located at 3105 Gaddis Road, Canton, GA 30115. For networking opportunities and additional information: www.WoodmontBusinessClub.com TOPS WEIGHT LOSS MEETINGS TOPS GA. #553 Woodstock, Tuesdays at Latimer Hall, 109 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA Weigh-In 9:00-9:30 AM, Meeting at 9:40AM. First Meeting FREE! Contact: Rose 770517-3799 PILOT CLUB OF CHEROKEE COUNTY The Pilot Club of Cherokee County, Inc. provides community service in Cherokee County. We have monthly dinner meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP in Canton (exit 19 off I-575). If you are looking for a way to meet other community leaders, give community SERVICE and have a great time doing it, while making lifelong FRIENDS, you belong in Pilot and WE NEED YOU! For more information about the Pilot Club of Cherokee County, you may contact: Lynda Goodwin, Membership Chair 770) 393-1766 or Lynda@edgoodwinassociates.com or Sue McConnell, President (770) 752-9935 or smcon@bellsouth.net BALL GROUND LIONS CLUB Ball Ground Lions Club is alive & active! From a membership of 5 in January 2009, we have grown to 21 in January 2011. Many service projects have been completed this past year including adorning Downtown with American Flags on patriotic holidays; participating in Wreaths Across America at GA National Cemetery; sponsoring a local 12 year boy to attend summer camp at GA Lions Camp for the Blind; and serving 23 children & 5 adults for Christmas. The Lions collect eyeglasses, cell phones & hearing aids for the disadvantaged. The primary focus for our Club is our local Community. If you would like to be involved in serving the needs of Ball Ground, please contact Sue Densmore, Membership Director at 678-773-1168. The more helping hands we have, the more we can accomplish. Our dues are affordable; the results are remarkable. Cherokee high school class of 1966 The Cherokee High School graduating class of 1966 is planning their 45th Class reunion. It will be on September 10, 2011 at 2510 East Cherokee Drive in the Fellowship Hall of the new Sunnyside Church of God. For more information and updates, go to www.chs1966.endbyte.com. If you know the email address of any classmate not listed on the website, please let us know. We are planning a slide show so if you’d like to share

any photos please send them to the website or mail them to Dwight Dover, 520 Waleska Rd., Canton, GA 30114. Your photos will be returned. If you have any other info or questions, contact Mary Jo Hogan, 1287 Old Magnolia Way, Canton, GA 30115 or Ann Bates :Price, 320 Old Lathemtown Rd. Canton, GA 30115. Please include your phone number. GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS 2011 SEMINARS Cherokee Cty Cooperative Ext. & Cherokee Cty Masters Garderners, Programs are held at the following locations: Hickory Flat Library (HF) 2740 East Cherokee Dr., Canton; Senior Center (SC) 1001 Univeter Rd, Canton; Ball Ground Community Center (BGCC) 250 Civic Drive, Ball Ground; or Rose Creek Library (RC) 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. All programs start at 10:00 a.m. and are free of charge, unless otherwise noted and supplies are necessary. Pay close attention to location. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, (770)479-0418, email:

uge1057@uga.edu , fax information to (770)479-0565 www. ugaextension.com/cherokee Tickle Your Senses: Hoe To Create a Night Time Garden – August 13 (RC) Come learn to create an enchanting nocturnal paradise for relaxing or entertaining after the sun goes down. (Garland) Insects: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – August 27 (RC) Learn the basics to identify beneficial and harmful insects. (VanBrink/Walton) Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening – September 10 (HF) What to plant, when to plant it, and how to care for a bountiful tasty harvest! (Prakash/Peterson) Gardening For All Seasons: Fall – September 17 (BGCC) Seasoned and novice gardeners get tips on planning, planting, and maintaining an interesting fall landscape. (D. Smith) Native Plants In Your Landscape – September 24 (HF) Learn the benefits of natives for both ornamental characteristics and environmental values. (Winchester)

Thought of the Week "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare." -- Mark Twain n It was 20th-century U.S. Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson who made the following sage observation: "The price of freedom of religion or of speech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even pay for, a good deal of rubbish." n It's common knowledge that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is regularly ranked as one of the world's wealthiest people, but you might not realize that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's wealthiest charitable organization, with an endowment of $36.7 billion. n If you're planning a trip to Iowa anytime soon, you might want to schedule a stop in the town of Walcott. There you can visit the Iowa 80 Truckstop, the world's largest. With a whopping 220 acres, the truck stop is 1.5 times the size of Disneyland. n In a traditional Hungarian wedding ceremony,

the bride wears a headdress made of woven wheat, thought to help ensure the couple's fertility. n Historians say that famed German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was quite particular about his coffee. It is claimed that he counted out exactly 60 coffee beans for each cup that he drank. n The longest mountain range on Earth is located underwater -- in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to be specific. It's nearly 25,000 miles long, and the only part of it that's above water is the nation of Iceland. n If you are an American of a certain age, you almost certainly spent time watching the 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." The iconic bottle where the genie lived wasn't actually created for the show; the set dressers used a Jim Beam holiday decanter from 1964. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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family in Louisiana and started the company as a syrup and condiment business. Then he decided that the real “syrup of the Southwest” is Mexican salsa. Pace said it was the 1970s hippies who boosted his sales: “No question but this health stuff made the whole category explode!” Pace Picante Sauce has become an iconic tomato product like Campbell’s Tomato Soup. Campbell’s actually bought Pace Foods from the family in San Antonio in 1994 for $1.1 billion. • How about a little hot trivia? Pace Foods uses more than 25 million pounds of fresh jalapeños every year! They are hand picked across the southern United States and Mexico. • Pace is not alone in the salsa field of retail sales. There are many brands and many flavors that fill grocery store shelves. There are also many Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, as well as top chefs and gourmet restaurants, that now offer their own style of salsa all over the world. • Salsa, while not considered “health food” per se, is definitely healthy. Whether homemade or store bought, it is low in calories, sugar, fat and sodium, and the chunks of garden ingredients even provide fiber. The main ingredients in many salsas — tomatoes, peppers and cilantro — contain vitamins A and C, and tomatoes also have potassium. • The percentage of American households buying salsa, increased from 16 percent to 36 percent between 1988 and 1992. Salsa passed ketchup as the No. 1 condiment in America in 2000. Salsa sales have not shown any sign of slowing in 2011. It seems that our north of the border tastebuds sure love the tastes that have come from our neighbors to the south!

Salsa is the Spanish word for hot sauce. Whether you like it hot, medium or mild, it is a taste that has grown in popularity in North America in the last 20 years. • The mixing of tomatoes, onions, hot peppers and other ingredients for salsa has been happening since at least as far back as the 1500s in Central and South America among the Aztecs and other cultures. • A Spanish priest and missionary, Alonso de Molina, is credited with calling the hot sauce mix “salsa” in 1571. • The first bottled hot sauce appeared in the United States in Massachusetts in 1807. In 1868, Edmund McIlhenny started bottling his hot sauce, Tabasco, on Avery Island, west of New Orleans. Tabasco hot sauce surged in popularity and continues to be a huge seller. Other hot sauces soon emerged, and many have been around for 100-plus years like Tabasco. • Charles Erath of New Orleans manufactured a salsa product in 1916 called “Extract of Louisiana Pepper” Red Hot Creole Sauce. It, like Tabasco, was a hot sauce but not a dippable salsa. • In 1917, La Victoria Foods in Los Angeles started making Salsa Brava, a true salsa. It wasn’t until 1941 that Henry Tanklage formed the La Victoria Sales Company to market the first salsa hot sauces in the United States. • David and Margaret Pace, founders of Pace Foods in San Antonio, Texas, created Pace Picante Sauce in 1947. The chunky tomatobased hot salsa quickly grabbed followers and gained market share and shelf space at grocery stores. • David Pace actually came from a syrup-making


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Recycle the Garage-Sale Way Planning and running a family garage sale can be more than a moneymaking venture for you and your kids. Dollars might be an incentive for parting with outgrown toys, books and clothes, but your kids also will be reaping the benefits of hands-on experience in marketing, merchandising and sales. Here are some tips to recycle and turn your castoffs to treasures the garage-sale way:

Get Ready: —Set aside time before the sale to help your kids clear the clutter and sort through books, toys, DVDs and clothes. Wash items that are soiled, and put jackets, shirts and blouses on hangers to show off the merchandise. People don’t like to dig in piles of stuff. If a toy has small parts, corral the pieces, put them in a small bag and tape the bag to the toy. —Put price stickers on items and price to sell. —Although you might advertise the sale in the newspaper and on websites like craigslist, your kids can make their own fliers to distribute to neighbors to publicize the items they are selling. Eye-Catchers: —Make your sale “an experience” with small

touches. Cover tables with bright fabric, hang a mirror near clothing and hats, and play music on a DVD player. If your garden is in full bloom, fill jars with flowers and sell by the stem. —Draw in shoppers with a big poster with “Extraordinary Kids Stuff” printed in large letters in the kids’ department. —Set out a table or box of “free stuff.” You’ll be surprised to see what people will take for free! —By far, snacks are a super draw. Sell coffee and cold beverages. And who can refuse buying a cookie or sweet roll while strolling around your sale? Selling: —Find a cash box and be sure someone is always in charge of it throughout the day. —Be prepared to bargain, especially for bikes, scooters and skates. —At the end of the sale, gather leftover items in good condition, remove the stickers and donate to a nonprofit organization. Extra Idea: One of a few favorite tips posted on my Donna’s Day Facebook page included setting up a “Man’s Table” filled with tools and gadgets and placed strategically by the street. The successful idea came from the time the writer’s husband dug through his shed and set out boxes of miscellaneous stuff at $1 per box. “Men are happy to stay longer and don’t bother their female partners while they are shopping,” she wrote. Plus, “It also got rid of lots of clutter from the shed!” *** Donna Erickson’s awardwinning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” © 2011 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.


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The Not-So-Grand Bargain The White House made House Speaker John Boehner an offer he could refuse: to become the tax collector for President Barack Obama’s entitlement state. The so-called grand bargain that Boehner eschewed wasn’t so grand. It would have raised taxes by $1 trillion while leaving untouched the federal government’s newest unsustainable entitlement program, ObamaCare, and preserving the bankrupting structure of the legacy entitlement programs. It was a formula for more revenue chasing ever-higher levels of government expenditure. The health-care bill already raised taxes by more than $400 billion over the next 10 years, although that’s still not enough to truly cover ObamaCare. The president wanted another round of new taxes layered on top without giving up fundamental ground on entitlement reform. This wasn’t a “balanced” approach. It was a proposed continuation of President Obama’s fiscal policy under bipartisan auspices. Yes, the White House was willing to endorse cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. In all likelihood, they would have ended up as the dubious cuts that are the typical stuff of Beltway budgetary legerdemain. Reductions in payment rates and the like may produce savings on paper, but they rarely materialize. To sign off on such a deal, Boehner would have put his imprimatur on a substantive fizzle while signaling his

own political death wish. The tea party would have been after him like a Redcoat after the Boston Massacre; he’d be fortunate that tarring and feathering is out of style. The two parties have a conflict of visions. Republicans view the current levels of spending — an astonishing 24 percent of GDP — as a bizarre exception to peacetime norms in America. Democrats view it as the new normal. For them, any reduction in the inexorable growth of the entitlement state is a cruel betrayal. The press loves the idea of men of good will working behind closed doors to hammer out their differences. Yet some differences are too great for resolution in a few negotiating sessions. The election of 2012 is the necessary and proper forum for deciding the nation’s fiscal direction. After his historic spending bender in league with Nancy Pelosi and Co., President Obama wants a less spendthrift and less partisan image. He needs a deficit deal with the biggest headline number possible, and he needs to be seen to be working with Republicans. The grand bargain — or, failing that, any bargain — is in his political interest. By stating categorically a deal will get done by the administration’s deadline of Aug. 2, he’s put his credibility on the line. He’s ceded important rhetorical ground by aping the Republican argument that the deficit is harming the economy. Altogether, he appears ripe to be rolled. All the more reason for Republicans to insist on a deal on their terms — no new taxes, and spending cuts to match the dollar amount of the increase in the debt limit. Ultimately, this is just a small patch on the red ink created by the recession and President Obama’s profligacy. If the president wants massive new taxes to address it, he can make the case for them without John Boehner’s complicity. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2011 by King Features Synd., Inc.

The Sands of Iraq and Afghanistan

When we first began operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense, under admittedly difficult circumstances, took air samples over time to determine what military personnel would be breathing. Fast-forward, and the number of military personnel who have come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with respiratory illnesses is astronomical. Fingers were pointed at the burn pits. But what of personnel who were never near a burn pit? Was the problem in the ever-blowing sand? A study was commissioned with the results coming out in 2008. Those charged with giving out the results reported that the study revealed no risk to health in the sands, which they claimed were similar to U.S. dust. That should have been the end of it. But another study, meant to take a closer look at the original study, called that 2008 study flawed for multiple reasons. A big reason is that the particulate

Up to Speed (When It Counts) Second place was almost a first, and who could blame David Reutimann for feeling that way after the inaugural Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9? Before roaring past five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson at the finish, Reutimann, who has two career Cup wins, had finished no better than ninth in 2011.

David Reutimann finished second at the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, but said it truly felt like a trip to Victory Lane. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

“We unfortunately have a bit of a history of being fast when it doesn’t really matter,” said Reutimann. “Tonight worked out where we were fast at the end of the race, which is evidently what you’ve got to do.

“Proud of my guys.” The 41-year-old Reutimann is from a racing family. —20— Father Buzzie is a short-track legend. The Zephyrhills, Fla., native made his Cup debut on Oct. 15, 2005 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and claimed his first victory at the same track in 2009. He followed up with a Chicagoland Speedway triumph in 2010. Kentucky aside, Reutimann has struggled this year. He is 24th in the point standings, 201 behind current leader -- and Kentucky winner -- Kyle Busch. Reutimann trails 10th place -- and one path to the Chase -by 106. With eight races to go, the odds are long, but his best chance is to win one race (preferably two) and get into the top 20 in points. He only trails the current occupant of 20th place, Joey Logano, by 46. Two Chase spots go to drivers on the basis of victories, but eligibility is limited to the top 20 in points at the end of the regular season. “One thing about this sport,” said Reutimann, “it changes every week. We seem to have been behind on things. We knew we were behind, but you just don’t make changes overnight. Between the help of Toyota and their engineering staff, Toyota Racing Development, all the guys at Michael Waltrip Racing, guys being in the wind tunnel, working their guts out, finally got us a car, at least this weekend, we’re closer to what we needed. “Not that we’ve had bad cars in the past. The guys you’re running against, their cars constantly evolving, changing things. We’re trying to catch up sometimes.” *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@ yahoo.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

matter (dust granules or blowing sand) were of different size and composition (metals, bacteria) than those commonly found in the U.S. and should not be studied with the same methods. Tests were taken at odd intervals, and weren’t always run at the same time as the personnel that were being studied, making it difficult to pinpoint cause and effect. The list goes on. The 2010 research said that those who were deployed were in fact exposed to high concentrations of particulate matter, and that “it is indeed plausible that exposure” is associated with illnesses. Further, those illnesses may present themselves immediately after exposure, or years later. To read the 2010 report for yourself, go online to www.nap.edu and search for item 12911, entitled “Review of the Department of Defense Enhanced Particulate Matter Surveillance Program Report.” For further reading, look online for interviews given by Dr. Mark Lyles of the Medical Sciences and Biotechnology Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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