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Being First There is a peculiar desire in all of us to be first in something, and there are very few activities we can engage in that exemplify that characteristic more than in sports or journalism. (Even politicians don’t want to win all the time ... there are some jobs you just don’t want.) Through the centuries, numerous maxims have been handed down regarding this unceasing need to be first. “First come, first served,” “There can only be one,” “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes,” are but a few that immediately come to mind. Often, being first is associated with winning. “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” That comment, of course, gets challenged by many deep thinkers who would like to see people evolve a little bit. In many situations, the drive to be first can lead to lots of collateral damage, such as a stampede. A few weeks ago, the mediaverse was all atwitter when CNN announced, wrongly, that the federal healthcare bill had been repealed by the U.S. States Supreme Court when, in fact, it did just the opposite. Instead of being first with the news, CNN lost credibility and are last in the cable news game. Being second really has little worth in our society. Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. Who was the second guy? But it’s better to be right than first in something. If Neil Armstrong and the moon crew were off on their calculations by just a fraction, they would have ended up hurtling into space, lost forever. Charles Lindbergh became the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and he did it without a front windshield (the term “flying blind” applies here). Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world, and we all know how that ended ... uhh, actually, we don’t. In June we watched Nik Wallenda walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Some thought he was the first to do so, but we know he was not. Popular theory has Emile Gravelet doing the stunt first in 1859, but nobody can really be sure. What we do know is that he was the first (and only) tightrope walker to cook an omelet on a wheelbarrow filled with hot stones and then lower the frying pan to passengers floating on the “Maid of the Mist” below him. The first person to win a marathon was a Greek soldier, but it wasn’t a game for him ... he was delivering a message from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens -- 26.2 miles. Upon delivery, legend has it, he died. So remember, when you’re breathing your last breath, make sure you can say that whatever it was that drove you in life, it was worth it in the end. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.


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A Golf Ball – How is it Engineered? By Verlyn Ross

Golf balls are separated into two categories: recreational and advanced balls. Golf balls also come in different colors, which helps with finding the ball when lost or in distinguishing one player’s ball from any other players’ balls. The fact is, different golf balls suit different golfers. Even the professionals will agree that using mint condition golf balls are the very best idea for golfers who are desiring to shape their shots. Today’s golf balls have progressed into having cores of titanium compounds, hybrid materials, softer shells and a more pressurized core. Golfers spend hundreds of dollars every year on the latest and greatest golf balls in hopes for a few extra yards off the tee and that dream of backing it up when it hits the green like the pros do. Golfers have become wanton technophiles, and although the most noticeable advances have come in the form of everexpanding club heads, the most sophisticated technology resides in the one place where size and shape have stayed essentially constant, the golf ball. Golfers spent $763 million on golf balls that can travel farther, roll longer, and fly straighter than ever before. Golf Balls - These Are No Commonplace Golf Balls Have you ever wondered how so much energy can be generated so that when you hit a golf ball with your clubface the ball is sent soaring through the air with tremendous amount of speed, velocity. In order to produce this energy there are three factors involved: 1) The engineering of the ball 2) The manufacturing/construction of the ball. 3) The velocity of the clubhead.

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The golf ball is then tested by specific equipment put out by the USGA. With these proper tests, the ball is not allowed to generate velocity of over 250 feet per second. This equates to approximately 170 mph, and a temperature of 75 degrees (F). Who is “Iron Byron”? The USGA also has a very detailed robotic hitting machine which golf balls are tested with. It is known as the Iron Byron. Each ball must not travel greater than the distance of 280 yards, with a tolerance percentage of no more than 6%. What is the purpose of these guidelines? It is to prevent professional golfers from using non-standard golf balls that may travel farther than other balls. In other words, it is a checks-andbalances system to ensure that nobody is cheating with a ball that may have been purposely manufactured to fly at greater distances. Of What Is A Golf Ball Made? A well thought out design is engineered into every golf ball you play with. Each ball is either a two-piece or three-piece design. And not every golf ball is made of the same material. Less expensive golf balls are typically made from a synthetic rubber substance known as surlyn. Then there are golf balls made out of synthetic balata, which are often used by more experienced players who desire a ball that is softer and generates more spin. This type of ball gives the player better control with steering their shots. Most beginner and amateur golfers stick to the two-piece balls, as they have less spin, thus minimizing poor shots.

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Cash for used text books 2010 or newer. We also buy other types of books. BOOK EXCHANGE of Foley on the corner of Hwy 59 & 98. 251943-5044 www.bookexchange.me Cash or store credit for used video games, game systems, Ipods, music, un-scratched DVDs, DVDs good for discount regardless of condition. ACTION Game and Movie located on Foley on the corner of Hwy 59 & 98. 251-9431359 Snakes, reptiles of all types wanted to sell or buy. Call 850-437-3375

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¥ On July 28, 1868, following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing black Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. ¥ On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru. Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. The site itself stretches an impressive 5 miles. ¥ On July 26, 1931, a swarm of grasshoppers descends on crops throughout Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, devastating millions of acres. The swarm was said to be so thick that it blocked out the sun and that grasshoppers could be could shoveled with a scoop. Cornstalks were eaten to the ground and fields left completely denuded. ¥ On July 27, 1943, Joseph Stalin, premier and dictator of the Soviet Union, issues Order No. 227, which came to be known as the “Not one step backward” order, in light of German advances into Russian territory. The order declared, “Panic makers and cowards must be liquidated on the spot. Not one step backward without orders from higher headquarters!” ¥ On July 29, 1967, a fire on the USS Forrestal stationed off the coast of Vietnam kills 134 service members, injures hundreds and destroys 20 planes. The deadly fire on the U.S. Navy carrier began with the accidental launch of a F-4 Phantom jet rocket, which hit a parked A-4 Skyhawk jet. ¥ On July 23, 1976, members of the American Legion arrive in Philadelphia to celebrate the bicentennial of U.S. independence. Soon after returning home, many began suffering from a mysterious form of pneumonia, which would become known as Legionnaires’ disease. The final tally was 221 cases, including 34 deaths. ¥ On July 25, 1985, Rock Hudson, Hollywood leading man, announces through a press release that he is suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Hudson was the first major celebrity to go public with such a diagnosis.

1. Since 1988, only two players have stolen as many as 78 bases in a season. Name either one. 2. Who was the last player before Toronto’s Jose Bautista in 2011 to have the most home runs in a month for five consecutive months? 3. Name the last year before 2011 in which there were fewer than two running backs selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. 4. Three men’s basketball players have been named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team three times each. Name two of them. 5. The Detroit Red Wings set an NHL record in 2011-12 with a 23-game home winning streak. Who had held the mark? 6. Who was the oldest driver to win a season championship in NASCAR’s Cup series? 7. Between 1978 and 1987, a total of three men won 10 U.S. Open singles tennis titles. Name two of them.

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Weekly Pest Series

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Mosquito Madness Part 2 Mosquito season is upon us and I’m sure many of you wonder if it ever left. Very few people have the smell mosquitoes don’t like so most of us are like the best buffet in town to these buzzing creatures, who gorge themselves to the point they can hardly fly! And how on earth can they get through clothing?! Just spray yourself down when you go outside to work, play or dine to avoid the itchy bite of a mosquito. Once small water traps are removed or changed, standing water should be treated (think of pet troughs,

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Wolf Bay is the destination for your perfect coastal getaway, as the only waterfront condo in Foley. Allow us the opportunity to host your business function, family reunion, church retreat or special celebration. Our property offers a serene setting for your next golf outing, girls’ getaway or guy’s fishing trip. Among our amenities, Wolf Bay features 3 piers for docking boats, fishing and catching crabs, outdoor pool, clubroom with fitness equipment and pool table. We also have canoes, kayaks, bass skiffs and bicycles on site for rental. Every unit has 300 sf balconies to take in the spectacular sunrise and relax while watching for birds and dolphins. We invite you to visit Wolf Bay for a beautiful, memorable Gulf Coast experience … close to everything, yet worlds apart! Daily, Weekly & Monthly Rentals!

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Alabama Gulf Coast Christian Academy was founded in 2006 with 21 students but is quickly approaching 100 students in grades PK3 – 12 for the 2012-2013 school year. While there are waiting lists for certain grade levels, there is still room for new students in most of our classes. If you would like your child to receive their education in a close knit, friendly, family type atmosphere where God’s word is taught and emphasized in every subject, then AGCCA may be the place for you. Located in a quiet country setting at the corner of county roads 28 and 71 in Summerdale, AL, the school boasts of a quality Christian education in a family atmosphere. We strive to teach the whole child and instill a faith in God that the student will have with them long after graduation. Our theme for next school year is “Serving in HIS steps” taken from John 12:26. We have daily Bible classes and daily chapel services that will emphasize the idea of serving God. Additionally, this summer AGCCA had a school mission trip to Costa Rica where teachers and students were able to serve others in a foreign context for 10 days. At AGCCA we want to impress on our students that we have opportunities every day to serve God and serve others in His kingdom. In addition to serving God, we have also been earnestly working to prepare for the school accreditation process. We are excited to host our on site visit for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Christian Schools Association during April of the 2012-2013 school year. We feel that this accreditation will serve to further validate the excellent education that our students already receive each year. To coincide with SACS accreditation, we have also added a mobile computer lab to our school. We have purchased a classroom set of laptops and plan to use the school’s existing Wi-Fi service to bring the computer lab to our classrooms. We have also hired a certified Art teacher to our staff for the 2012-2013 school year to further serve the needs and talents of our student body. We would like to invite you to stop by our school one day and see the Smart Boards that are in every classroom in action, and say hello to our family of students and teachers. Please visit our website at www. gccacademy.org or call our office at (251)9892333 for further information about how your child could benefit from a quality Christian education.

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