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If you look at the labels on the clothes you are wearing, at least some of your apparel is probably made from cotton. You may not realize the versatility of this plant. It is not only used as a fiber but also in food products, fertilizer, fuel and more. This week, Tidbits looks at this remarkable plant. • Cotton is a natural fiber whose history goes back thousands of years. Civilizations in India, China and Egypt grew cotton as well as the Mayans in Guatemala, Yucatan and other parts of Mexico. The oldest archaeological evidence of clothing made from cotton comes from the Indus Valley of today’s Pakistan. Cotton “bolls” that start in a field are used to produce much of the fabric in the world. • The first cotton grown in the United States was in Virginia and Florida in the early 17th century. By the end of the 18th century, cotton had become the biggestServices industry in the provided are: United States. This was helped by Trimming in Eli Whitney’s cottonMowing gin invention Planting Fertilizing 1793. & Gutter Cleaning • Whitney’s machine provided a faster ALL LAWN CARE way to separate SERVICE cotton STARTING from its AT $25 seeds. It could clean the cotton about 10 times faster than doing it by hand.
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Tidbits® of Fort Wayne, Allen County • The COTTON (continued): • When we think of cotton, most of us think of comfortable blue jeans, flannel shirts, underwear or the 800-thread-count soft sheets that we sleep on at night. Cotton provides all of that and a whole lot more. • Cotton is used more than any fiber, natural or manmade, in the world. It is a daily part of our lives and is still today one of the leading cash crops for farmers in the United States. Every part of a cotton plant is useful. • The most important part of the cotton plant is the fiber, or lint, which is used to make cloth. The fiber has to be separated from the seeds, which are quite sticky. This is why the cotton gin was so important. When the fiber and seeds had to be separated by hand, it took many laborious hours. • “Linters,” the short fuzz remaining on the seeds after separation of the lint, provide cellulose for making explosives, plastics and other products. They are also incorporated into high quality paper products and processed into batting for the padding used in mattresses and cushions for furniture and automobile seats. • The cottonseeds are a valuable byproduct as well. They are crushed and separated into three products: oil, hulls and meal. Cottonseed oil is used for salad dressing, cooking oil and shortening. Cottonseed oil has no cholesterol has little or no transfats, making it a good option for healthy cooking. • The meal and hulls are used for livestock, poultry and fish feed and also fertilizer. After all of these parts are taken away, the remaining leaves and stalks of the cotton plant are plowed under to enrich the soil. • For years, the “Cotton Row” district of Memphis, Tennessee, was the center of the worldwide cotton trade market. The Cotton Museum at the Cotton Exchange opened in 2006 in the building that was once the place where cotton was inspected, bought and sold, and shipped around the world. The museum has artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of cotton, its history and its impact on the region and the world. • Another museum dedicated to cotton is The Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of America’s cotton industry. The museum includes the oldest house in Greenville and an actual cotton patch.
states where cotton grows are sometimes referred to as the “Cotton Belt.” These states are all across the southern edge of the United States. They are Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The climate and soil conditions of these areas provide a great cotton-growing environment. Are you curious as to what can be made from one bale of cotton? How about 4,321 socks, 3,085 diapers (yes, the old fashioned cotton kind!), 1,256 pillowcases, 690 bath towels, 409 skirts or 250 pairs of pants! Most people have heard of “hand-medowns” and probably have worn them. Blue jeans are especially known for this because of their durability. Handme-down blue jeans were taken to a new level in 2006 when Cotton Incorporated created a marketing initiative to recycle denim for insulation for housing. The “Cotton. From Blue to Green. ®” denim drive was a studentrun campaign on several college campuses to educate students on the renewable and recyclable attributes of denim. Blue jeans were donated and then given a “new life” as housing insulation for houses. In the spring of 2007, 30 homes were built for families by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge (Louisiana) who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Twelve of those homes were insulated with UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. A campaign by National Geographic Kids Magazine in 2009 asked readers to donate their old jeans with the goal being to set a Guinness World Record™ for the “most items of clothing collected for recycling.” The record was announced in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2009, with 33,088 pieces of denim donated. These jeans were given to the “Cotton. From Blue to Green.®” campaign for more housing insulation projects. What a terrific way to help people, recycle and keep blue jeans out of our landfills! Cotton has been an important part of YOURyears OWN BUSI ourWANT livesTOforRUN many andNESS? will likely Publish ato be. AsPa peradvertisements in Your Area continue the If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · say, it is theSoftware “fabric of our lives.” Cotton Desktop Publishing · A Reasonable Financial Investment We provide the opportunity success! is now grown in 70 for countries, with 1.800.523.3096 China Call producing the most at about www.tidbitsweekly.com 25 percent and the Unites States producing almost 20 percent. China and India are the largest producers of cotton, while the United States is the world’s largest exporter of cotton. Information in the Tidbits® Paper is gathered from sources considered to be reliable but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.
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By Chris Richcreek 1. Name the last baseball team before LSU in 2008-10 to win three consecutive SEC tournaments. 2. In 2009, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim set a major-league record for most hitters in one season having at least 50 RBIs. How many were there? 3. Who was the first player in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl selection at two positions in the same season? 4. In 2011, David Lighty became the third Ohio State men’s basketball player to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists for his career. Name the first two to do it? 5. In 2009-10, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, at 20, became the third-youngest NHL player to hit the 50-goal mark for a season. Who were the two younger players? 6. Who won the first gold medal in the Olympic men’s speed skating team pursuit in 2006? 7. Name the last European golfer before Lee Westwood in 2010 to be No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Answers 1. Alabama, 1995-97. 2. Eleven players. 3. Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson, in 2009. 4. Jim Jackson (1989-92) and Evan Turner (2007-10). 5. Wayne Gretzky and Jimmy Carson, both 19 years old. 6. Italy. 7. Nick Faldo, in 1994. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Help keep our county’s water supply safe by participating in April’s Unwanted Medication Disposal Do you know what happens to medication when flushed? Traditionally, Hoosiers were encouraged to dispose of unwanted or expired medicine by flushing it down the toilet or pouring it down a drain. However, wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to deal with pharmaceutical waste. Many medicines pass through the systems and are released into streams, lakes, and groundwater. Here are five GREAT reasons to participate in the Unwanted Medication Disposal on April 29th. Proper disposal will help avoid medicine theft, prescription drug abuse, accidental poisoning, identity theft and keep our water clean. Since 2003, Allen County TRIAD has hosted the Unwanted Medication Disposal that occurs twice a year in our community at selected Walgreens Drug store locations every fourth Friday in September and April from 9am1pm(an exception has been made for April 2011 due to a conflict with Good Friday making the disposal on the 5th Friday of the month-April 29,2011). This program assists in safely disposing of unwanted medications that may have expired, no longer prescribed, unused pet medications or the owner of the medications has passed away. This past September, Allen County TRIAD collected 2,300 lbs of medication!!
Unwanted Medication Collection Friday, April 29, 2011 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Please bring expired and unwanted medication (in their original bottles or packages) to locations for drop-off at these select Walgreen’s Drug Stores: Regretfully no liquids or sharps will be accepted. • Clinton St. at St. Joe Center Rd. • W. Jefferson at Getz Rd. • Bluffton Rd. at Lower Huntington Rd. • State St. at Wells St. • Lincoln Highway W. at Brookwood (New Haven) • Chapel Ridge at 10170 Maysville Road • 1701 E. Paulding Road at South Anthony Blvd. • Cook and Lima Roads • Dupont and Tonkel Roads In addition, on Saturday April 30, 2011, DEA agents will be collecting unwanted pharmaceuticals outside in front of the Federal Building located at 1300 South Harrison Street Fort Wayne, IN from 10am-2pm. For more information on Allen County TRIAD and/or to find out ways to get involved, please call 260-469-3036 or find us on Facebook by searching Allen County Triad and www. agingihs.org.
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By Samantha Weaver • It was American novelist and editor Edgar Watson Howe who made the following sage observation: “Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.” • Those who study such things say that ancient Egyptians had bowling alleys. • In 1980 a woman named Rosie Ruiz appeared to have won the Boston Marathon in the fastest time ever recorded for a woman in that race. However, after a number of suspicions surfaced (including a strange lack of fatigue at the end of the long race), it was found that she hadn’t actually run the entire race and was stripped of her medal. The tale doesn’t end there, though. Once word got out about her fraud, people came forward with information regarding her recent running of the New York Marathon. It seems that Ms. Ruiz started the race and then took the subway to a spot 2 miles from the finish line. And in a further note, she didn’t come to a good end: Two years later she was arrested for embezzling $60,000 from her employer, and she was later arrested again for allegedly trying to sell two kilos of cocaine to a Miami police officer. • If you’re afraid of lightning, you might want to skip over this next tidbit: At any given time around the world, there are 1,800 thunderstorms taking place. • You may have heard that the air that leaves your body when you sneeze can reach speeds of up to 115 mph, but you may not know that ordinary exhalations travel at about 15 mph.
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The granddaughter of slaves, Clementine Hunter was born in 1886 or 1887. She grew up in a time when she was offered very little education and no access to painting classes or supplies. • Hunter lived almost all of her life on Melrose Plantation, a beautiful cotton and pecan plantation over 200 years old, south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she worked as a cook. The plantation is now a National Historic Landmark. • The owner of the plantation in the 1930s, Mrs. Cammie Henry, was a promoter of the arts and encouraged artists to visit her home to write and paint. One of her frequent visitors was painter Alberta Kinsey, from New Orleans. She was there when a dear friend of Mrs. Henry’s, Mrs. Blythe White Rand, came for one of her many visits. Rand was an avid gardener and brought a bouquet of zinnias for her hostess. • On that day, in 1939, Kinsey started an oil painting of the zinnias in an old, hammered copper pitcher. Hunter saw her at work and commented that she might be able to paint. Kinsey stopped her work and gave Hunter the pitcher, flowers and some partially used tubes of oil paint and told her to give it a try. • When Rand returned to Melrose weeks later, Hunter presented her with a painting of the zinnias done on the side of a corrugated cardboard box, the only “canvas” she had. She had used all of the paints, making very thick brush strokes, making the zinnias come alive. This was the first documented “Clementine” painting. It is now owned by an anonymous collector. • Henry, Rand, Kinsey and others associated with Melrose realized the significance of Hunter’s self-taught art.
• Francois Mignon was the resident guardian, caretaker and tour guide at Melrose. He lived at Melrose for many years and was a great friend and mentor. He encouraged and promoted Hunter’s artistic career. • Whitfield Jack, the grandson of Rand, has done much to keep the memory and work of Hunter alive. On the official website, www.clementinehunterartist. com, Jack shares vignettes of Hunter, Mignon, Henry, his grandmother and life at Melrose. He visited his grandparents’ camp, Happy Landing, on Melrose many times and has fond memories of Hunter. • One of Jack’s humorous accounts was when he hid with Hunter as visitors approached her cabin to see her artwork. After the visitors knocked many times, obviously aware that someone was home, Hunter said loudly, “Nobody home!” The people then left. She didn’t like to talk to strangers. • Even though Hunter didn’t particularly like talking to strangers, she did garner some fascinating publicity. A photograph of her in her cabin surrounded by her art appeared in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post and Look. Her art has been exhibited all across America, and there have been several books about her. Two books of note include: “Clementine Hunter: The African House Murals” by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead and “Painting by Heart” by Shelby Gilley. Hunter was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. • In her 50s when she started painting, Hunter created over 5,000 paintings and lived to be 101 years old. She is buried at St. Augustine Church, near Melrose, next to her good friend, Francois Mignon.
4. How many precious stones were parts of the breastplate worn by Old Testament priests? 2, 7, 12, 20 5. From Proverbs 30:33, surely the churning of milk bringeth forth? Food, Blood, Strife, Butter 6. Where did Gideon meet an angel? Prison, Field, Oak tree, Well 1. Is the book of 2 John in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Isaiah 45:1, which “Great” was responsible for overthrowing the Babylonian empire? Alexandria, Cyrus, Xerxes, Tiberius 3. What young man fell from a window and died during a sermon by the apostle Paul? Eutychus, Gamaliel, Sisera, Malachi
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Sugar cane is actually a tropical grass, like bamboo, with some varieties growing up to 16 feet (5 m) high. Since it is tropical, you won’t find it in the northern United States or Canada. • Sugar is grown in 121 countries across the globe, and production exceeds 120 million tons (108,862,169 metric tons) per year. Approximately 70 percent of the production is from sugar cane, and the remaining 30 percent is from sugar beets, a root crop similar in appearance to parsnips that is mostly grown in northern temperate zones. • Sucrose is the type of sugar referred to as “table” sugar that comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. (It also occurs naturally in some fruit and vegetables.) The sugar from cane and beets is identical. After the juice is extracted from either plant, and the impurities are removed, it is crystallized into white sugar that is 99.95 percent sucrose. • Numerous societies are credited with the discovery of sugar cane and its sweet byproduct. It is said to have been first discovered by the Polynesians, although early writings mention it in Africa, the Middle East, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the South Pacific. Darius the Great of Persia is credited as having called sugar cane: “the reed which gives honey without bees” when Persia invaded India in 510 BC. • According to the World Sugar Research Organization headquartered in England, India was the first country to extract cane juice to make the first crude sugar at around 500 BC. From India, the technology spread to the Middle East and then to Europe via the Christian Crusaders. Christopher Columbus is credited with taking sugar cane to the Caribbean. It came to the southern United States in the 15th and 16th centuries.
• When crushed, sugar cane produces cane juice and bagasse, the woody leftovers. When the sugar is removed from the juice there is a dark, thick liquid left called molasses. Molasses is used for making animal feed, alcohol, beverages, bakery products and pharmaceuticals. The bagasse is a valuable source of energy and is burned in steam generators to power the sugar mills, making them environmentally friendly. • Asia and South and Central America produce the most sugar cane with India and Brazil being the top countries. Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Hawaii are the top producing U.S. states. • The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum in Puunene, Maui, has a wealth of information about the April 18, 2011 importance of sugar to Hawaii. Sugar was the No. 1 industry until the 1960s when tourism moved ahead, and it was the No. 1 agricultural crop until the 1990s when pineapple took the top spot. The largest working sugar mill remaining is located next to the museum. Statistics for 2005 showed that the mill produced more than 190,000 tons of raw sugar, accounting for 5 percent of total sugar cane production in the United States. • Louisiana farmers cultivate over 400,000 acres of sugar cane annually. Florida and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas are also known as prime farming areas for cane. One byproduct that is a treat in the South is “ribbon cane” syrup. Made from a type of sugar cane that looks like it has ribbons around it, the syrup is rich and dark. Mostly made in small family operations, ribbon cane is great on biscuits or cornbread! • A great place to try the syrup or chew a piece of raw sugar cane is at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia, Louisiana, held every September. You’ll hear plenty of folks saying, “Hi, Sugar!”
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Inquiring minds want to know how these “custodians” will be selected, and what criteria they’ll use to “ensure” the cyber security of the information that the software will handle. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to email@example.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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When the Sprint Cup Series moves from one track to another -- oh, say, Martinsville to Ft. Worth to Talladega -- a lot changes and a lot doesn’t. Or said Mark Martin, who has seen them all innumerable times. “Texas has its own personality,” said Martin entering the Samsung Mobile 500. “It’s fast, and it’s flat for as fast as it is. It doesn’t have a lot of banking in relation to the speed that you’re able to make around it. “It’s amazing. It’s a great place to race, the location as well as the facility. They put a lot of money into this place, and I think it represents our sport well.” But it’s just another track, which, in that rather general sense, makes it like ... Martinsville, where Martin, 52, finished 10th on April 3. “It’s the same as Martinsville,” he said. “You’re almost a wreck at Martinsville, and you’re almost a wreck here. If you’re not almost a wreck, then you’re not driving fast enough. The miles an hour [aren’t] what scare you. It’s the loss of control.” Martin knows what it’s like to finish first, second, third, fourth and fifth at Texas Motor Speedway ... and at most every other track. He’s taken his lumps, too, which proved to be the case in the Samsung Mobile 500, where Martin found his No. 5 Chevy collected in a crash. He wound up 36th. In the season’s first six races, Martin finished no better than 10th (twice) and no worse than 20th. That consistency was good enough to rank him 10th in the point standings ... until the Texas catastrophe dropped him to 15th. Martin said the difference between first and 20th isn’t as great as it seems. “There’s a little bit in speed and a little bit in track position, but the cars are relatively close nowadays,” he said. “You squeeze every ounce of time out of every single component in the whole sport. You can’t leave anything alone. You’ve got to squeeze every bit of it from pit-road speed to pit stops to restarts to handling and everything.” As such, Martin believes victory, not to mention the finishes better than 10th, will come in its own sweet time. ***Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@yahoo. com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.