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ICY INFO (continued) ● Icebergs are composed of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf, causing them to float freely in the open water. During the warmer weather of spring and summer, the formation of icebergs increases as they separate from the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets and from other outlying glaciers. About 15,000 icebergs separate from Greenland every year, but most melt long before entering the Atlantic Ocean. Less than 400 will flow south of Newfoundland into the North Atlantic. ● Iceberg Alley is the area about 250 miles (402 km) southeast of Newfoundland, Canada. This is where the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in April of 1912. Prior to that disaster, which caused 1,500 deaths, there was no system to track icebergs and protect ships from collision. Immediately, the U.S. Navy began patrolling the waters, and the following year a permanent international system was created. ● About 93% of the world’s icebergs are found in the Antarctic, and they are much larger than their northern counterparts. The largest iceberg on record was sighted in the Pacific Ocean in 1956 and measured 60 x 208 miles (97 x 335 km), with over 12,000 sq. miles (31,000 sq. km) of area, larger than the country of Belgium. In the Northern Atlantic, a 551-ft-tall (168-m) iceberg was reported in 1958, the equivalent of a 55-story building. ● If all the ice in the world were to melt at the same time, the volume of all the oceans would increase by 1.7%, with a rise in sea level of 1180 feet (55 m). This would be the equivalent of the Empire State Building standing in water up to the 20th floor.

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ICY INFO (continued) ● Water freezes from the outside in, expanding as it freezes. Tiny air bubbles are trapped in the water as it freezes, and the air is pushed to the center of an ice cube, which is shy cubes have cloudy, opaque centers. Ice cubes made from tap water have more air content, making them cloudier. If you want your ice cubes to be perfectly clear, start off with hot water, which has less air than cold water from the faucet. Or use bottled water, boiling it briefly before freezing. ● When can you trust walking on ice? Ice with a thickness of two inches (5.1 cm) will support the weight of a man. Ice that is four inches (10.2 cm) thick will support that man on horseback. ● Hail forms inside strong thunderstorm clouds when those clouds with updrafts pick up water droplets and carry them above the freezing level. Hailstones measure between .2 inch (5 mm) and 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. In North America, “Hail Alley” is where hail is most common, that area where Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming meet. Cheyenne, Wyoming is the continent’s most hail-prone city, with about 9 to 10 hailstorms during the time from May to September. Vivian, South Dakota recorded the U.S.’s largest hailstone in July, 2010, with a diameter of 8 inches (20 cm) and a weight of 1.93 lbs. (0.88 kg). The world’s largest fell in 1986 in Bangladesh and weighed 2.25 lbs. (1 kg), and was about the size of a cantaloupe. That deadly storm killed 92 people.

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● On Dec. 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published "Poor Richard's Almanack." The book, filled with proverbs preaching industry and prudence, was published continuously for 25 years and became one of the most popular publications in colonial America.

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● On Dec. 17, 1843, Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" is published. Dickens never lost momentum as a writer, churning out major novels every year or two, often in serial form. Among his most important works are "David Copperfield" (1850), "Great Expectations" (1861) and "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859).

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● On Dec. 21, 1945, Gen. George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, dies from injuries suffered not in battle, but in a freak car accident. He was 60 years old. Descended from a long line of military men, Patton graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1909. ● On Dec. 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. She went on to become a mother, grandmother, and in 1996, a greatgrandmother to Timu, the first surviving infant gorilla conceived by artificial insemination. Colo is still alive today. ● On Dec. 16, 1960, two airliners collide over New York City, killing 134 people aboard the planes and on the ground. A miscalculation by the pilot of the United flight put his plane directly into the path of a TWA Super Constellation. Christmas presents carried by the planes' passengers were strewn all over the streets.

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FAMOUS WOMEN OF THE WORLD: ERMA BOMBECK As one of the world’s favorite columnists, Erma Bombeck caused us all to laugh at the humdrum routine of our daily lives. Here’s how she got her start and achieved her success. ● After losing her father when she was nine, Erma and her mother moved in with relatives and her mother went to work to support them. While in junior high, Erma was already showing her gift for humorous writing, with a column in the school newspaper. Her column in her high school paper two years later was a serious column, with a mix of wit. At 15, she landed a job at the Dayton Herald as a part-time copygirl, and at 16, she published her first journalistic effort. This came when Shirley Temple was visiting Dayton in 1943, and Erma’s interview with the child star became a newspaper feature. ● Following high school graduation, Erma joined the Herald full-time, writing obituaries and other minor assignments. Then it was on to the university and an English degree. ● In 1949, Erma married Bill Bombeck, and when they adopted a child in 1953, she put her journalism career on hold to become a full-time wife and mother. In 1964, with three children, she resumed her writing, penning weekly columns for a small local paper, the KetterlingOakwood Times, for $3 each, writing from her small bedroom at home. The following year, the Dayton Journal Herald asked for two columns a week, paying $50 apiece. Within three weeks, the articles went into national syndication, appearing in 36 major U.S. papers under the title “At Wit’s End.” Her columns drew inspiration from the humorous side of her life as an ordinary suburban housewife. ● Just two years later, Erma was popular nationwide and began giving lectures across the country. In 1967, her columns were compiled into a book published by Doubleday. During the 1970s, 30 million people in the U.S. and Canada were reading her columns in 900 newspapers. She was also writing for several popular magazines. Erma then branched out into television, appearing on Good Morning America for more than 10 years. She was the author of 15 books, most of which were bestsellers, and one that was turned into a television move, The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. ● Erma’s theory on housework was, “If the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch on fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one cares. Why should you?”

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Emergency-Room Stay Can Cost a Bundle The length of time you might spend in the emergency room has gotten longer -- and longer -- as many Medicare patients are held under what's called "observation status." AARP recently completed a study called "Rapid Growth in Medicare Hospital Observation Services: What's Going On?" that shows the length of time patients are held that way has grown, sometimes to more than 48 hours.

If you're a Medicare patient, you can be toting up out-ofpocket costs with every passing hour you're held in this medical limbo. There's no cost-sharing cap with these observation status stays, not to mention that you might not receive the level of care that you should have. As an observation outpatient, you're liable for the costs of tests and procedures. Additionally, if you end up in skilled nursing, the observation status time you spend in the hospital doesn't count for the Medicare requirement that you have three days as an inpatient. Your portion of the costs can skyrocket, and you might even be denied skilled nursing care because you weren't in the hospital long enough as an official inpatient. Here are some specifics from the AARP study: ● Observation status stays have increased 94 percent. ● Patient status (observation versus inpatient) is sometimes changed by the hospital after the patient is sent home. ● The average cost for skilled nursing that Medicare

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Preserve Your Family History! New book shows you how! “Hey Ron, here’s a copy of your family genealogy,” a close friend and distant relative said to me as he handed me a copy of a professionally prepared 200+ page book of our family tree. I thanked him for the surprise gift and promised to cherish it. It took a while but eventually I located my family branches. Once found, I closed the book and never looked at it again. Then it hit me, a genealogy is a wonderful thing to have but it lacks personality. It has boxes, lines, names, and dates, but has no character, soul, or vitality. I thought, “I sure would like to hear the story of the two brothers who came here from England in the1700s to start my family in the New World.” I wondered, “Why did one move to Chicago and the other to Missouri?” None of those answers were available in that book – just names, dates and places. Alas, I could do nothing about those relatives for whom nothing is written nor anything remembered. But I could do something about those who were still living. So here’s what I did: I created a system to take what is called an oral history of my own mom and dad. I spent hours researching and developed a unique question and answer format, then I recorded each of their life’s story on both audio and video tape. My next step was to put that system in a book so others could do the same. The origial 1988 version of the book titled “Your Family Heritage, a Guide to Preserving Family History,” sold for $19.95 and helped thousands of people across the land. I also lectured on the subject for several years at the Colorado Historical Society. Now this updated, expanded, and newly formated version of the book is available on Amazon.com for only $3.99 Everyone can now have the tools to preserve their family history - including YOU! Think about your family tree. Wouldn’t it be exciting if you could experience the personalities, hear the voices and enjoy the life stories of the people on

your family tree? Just imagine what you would do if someone handed you a video recording of your grandmother telling how her family lost everything during the Dust Bowl and what they did to survive and later prosper. Today you can take a few easy-to-follow steps to preserve the memories, insights, opinions, wisdom, faces and voices of those of your family members still living. How to Record Your Family History is designed to help you do just that. With this book you will learn how to capture with audio or video recordings the colorful personality of each living member of your family. Also, this book will help you document photographs and family heirlooms so your descendants will know the answer to the questions so oft heard when sorting through old photographs, “Who is that?”, “When was this photo taken,” and “That’s Grandma, but I wonder where the picture was taken?” Don’t delay! It’s likely in many cases you postponed too long these steps and have lost the faces and voices you wish you could see and hear again. You still have time to capture the stories of your aging relatives. And as long as YOU can hear and speak, YOUR stories too can be preserved for generations to come. Hesitate no longer. For more information about How to Record Your Family History please visit our comprehensive website: RecordYourFamilyHistory.com. Peruse the table of contents, find more information about the book, and find a link to Amazon.com where you can purchase the book and download it to your PC, tablet, SmartPhone or Kindle for only $3.99. Now you can rim YOUR family tree with the oral record and pictorial images that make the written genealogy come to life. Ron Ross, Author Loveland, CO

Q: I have inherited a bowl that has been identified as "Goofus Glass." What exactly is "Goofus Glass"? -Beth, East Greenwich, R.I. A: According to David Shotwell, author of "Glass A to Z," Goofus Glass -- also known as Mexican Ware, Hooligan Glass and Pickle Glass -- is an inexpensive type of luster-painted glassware that has been sprayed before firing. Shotwell points out that Harry Northwood was a major maker of this type of glass during the late 1800s. Some of the companies that produced it include Crescent Glass, Imperial Glass and LaBelle Glass, from 1890 until about 1930. Incidentally, this type of glass often was given away at regional carnivals and fairs as premiums. Q: I sent you a question more than a month ago. I even enclosed a self-addressed, stamped envelope, but so far I have not received an answer. -- Betty, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: If you sent me a self-addressed, stamped envelope, it was a waste of money, since I do not provide personal replies. All questions that I am able to address appear in this column, and due to the high level of mail received, not every inquiry can be answered. My only help in writing this weekly column is a rather cranky black cat that acts as my personal secretary. She takes notes in short paw, but has a rather disturbing habit of occasionally shredding a letter or two. Q: I have three older milk bottles from Michigan dairies. I have done a little research, and none of the dairies now exist. I think the bottles are probably pre-World War II. Are they worth keeping? -- Jim, Grand Rapids, Mich. A: The National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors, a group that publishes a monthly newsletter, "Milk Route," is probably your best bet. Contact is 18 Pond Place, Cos Cob, CT 06807; and milkroute@yahoo. com. Q: I have a jigsaw puzzle featuring a scene from "Thunderball," the James Bond film. Is it worth saving? -- Charles, Decatur, Ill. A: Your puzzle was issued by Milton Bradley in 1965. According to "Toys & Prices" by Mark Bellomo, your puzzle is worth between $20 and $95, depending on condition.


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