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HORSES, DONKEYS & MULES (continued): Most donkeys and mules are used for work on farms and trail rides, either packing humans or cargo. They are considered “beasts of burden.” The term, defined as “animals used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work,” is also used for elephants and oxen. Mules are used by the U.S. Army to carry supplies in Afghanistan and other places where the terrain is diﬃcult. There are 185 breeds of donkeys, with about 41 million in the world today. Used in many places around the world, China has the most with about 11 million. George Washington is considered to be the “Father of the American Mule.” In 1785 he was gifted a large Spanish jack from King Carlos III of Spain. The next year, 1786, he received a Maltese jack and two jennets from French General Lafayette. He had his prize mares (horses) bred to his new jacks and became the first mule breeder in America. Other famous Americans who “connected” with mules were: Buﬀalo Bill Cody, Mark Twain, Harry Truman, Ken Curtis and Ronald Reagan. Ken Curtis played Festus on the long-running television western, Gunsmoke. Not only were mules used in western ranch settings, they were used to help populate the western United States. Mules could pull loaded wagons 30 miles (48.3 km) per day as compared to wagons pulled by horses or oxen that could only average about five miles (8 km) per day. The discovery of borax in Death Valley, California in the early 1890’s, lead to a major job for mules in the west. You’ve probably heard of 20 Mule Team® Borax. Sodium tetraborate is the scientific name for borax.
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• After leaving Second City TV, Moranis was in two Ghostbusters movies, Little Shop of Horrors, and his very memorable role as the eccentric inventor, Wayne Szalinski, in Honey I Shrunk the Kids in 1989, and Honey I Blew Up the Kid in 1992. Later, in 1997, he played Szalinski again in the direct-to-video movie, Honey We Shrunk Ourselves. • Some other films that Moranis has been a part of are: Little Giants, in 1994: Big Bully, in 1995; and he played Barney Rubble in The Flintstones, in 1994.
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For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543 RICK MORANIS (continued): • Moranis lost his wife, Ann, after a battle with liver cancer in 1991. He moved from his transplanted home in Hollywood back to Canada in 1997 to raise his two children. Moranis intended for his “retirement” to only last a few years, but realized that he didn’t miss the pressure of life in Hollywood.
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• Hummers are only found in North, South and Central America (the “new” world). They are found from Alaska and Canada in the north to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America. They reside in deserts below sea level and the Andes Mountains at elevations up to 16,000 feet (4877 m)! • There are more than 340 species of hummingbirds. Most are in South America. Seventeen species occur in the United States with only three known to be in Canada. Most hummers in the U.S. are near the Mexican border.
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Ecuador claims the most hummingbirds. There are 132 species found in the small country that is about the size of Colorado.
The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common species of hummingbird that breeds in the eastern half of North America. The most widely-distributed hummingbird in all of North America is actually the Rufous. The Rufous has been observed in every province and state except Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Hawaii.
• While the Rufous winters in Mexico and Panama, Ruby-throated birds winter in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands, with some remaining in the Gulf states and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543 HUMMINGBIRDS (continued): • Hummingbirds are capable of going into torpor, an unusual, very deep sleep-like state where metabolic functions slow to a minimum and an extremely low body temperature is maintained. When torpor happens for longer periods of time, it is called hibernation. Hummingbirds can go into a state of torpor any time when food conditions and temperature spur the need. • Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any animal on earth, excluding insects. With heart rates of hummingbirds as high as 1,260 beats per minute, they have a need to consume lots of nectar. In fact, they consume more than their weight in nectar daily! Now hummingbirds only weigh .07-.7 ounces (220 grams). Most animals, including humans, would be extremely obese if this kind of eating occurred! • When observing hummingbirds, most people think they use their long beaks to drink in the nectar from flowers. Actually, they lap it up with their tongues! They also eat small insects. • Swifts and hummingbirds are sometimes called “avian helicopters.” They are capable of making power strokes on up and down movements of their wings. They can beat their tiny wings from 60-200 times per second. • Hummingbirds have tremendous agility in flight. They are the only vertebrates with the capability of sustained hovering, and can even fly upside down and backwards! • Migration is a phenomenal feat that many birds accomplish. Some hummingbirds travel as far as 2,000 miles (3,200 km), including a remarkable 500 mile (800 km) nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico – and they don’t have jet engines! Q: I began collecting beer cans a number of years ago when I found a Denver Beer can at an area dump site. I discovered that it was a product of the Tivoli Brewery, which no longer exists. That inspired me to see how many other beer cans I could ﬁnd from defunct breweries, and I currently have more than 200. How can I determine current values, and is there a club for collectors you can recommend? -- Steve, via email A: Beer can collecting has really come into its own since the 1970s. Even though most cans sell at ﬂea markets for about a dollar a can, there are always exceptions. A Krueger Cream Ale from Newark can command more than $200. Other brands popular with collectors include Gettelman Beer of Milwaukee; Country Club Beer, St. Joseph, Mo.; E&B Special Beer, Ekhardt and Becker Brewing of Detroit; and most cone tops, such as General Pulaski of the Pulaski Brewery of Hammonton, N.J. To determine values, one of the better beer can referencing sites is www.ebeercans.com. I also recommend you contact the Brewery Collectibles of America (BCCA), 747 Merus Court, Fenton, MO 63026; http://bcca.com. Q: I have a copy of Time magazine from 1951, the year in review issue. Gen. Douglas MacArthur is on its cover, and it is in fairly good condition. How much do you think it is worth? -- Don, Gulfport, Miss. A: Special “time capsule” issues are always especially interesting, and 1951 was an incredible year: Harry Truman was president; Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for treason; color TV was introduced; and “African Queen” was one of the top ﬁlms of the year. I checked with several collectors, who seem to agree that your magazine is worth about $15 -- assuming it is in good condition. Q: There were several ﬁshermen in my family, and I recently found a Heddon tackle box with two trays in a storage shed. Is it worth keeping? -- Bill, Stigler, Okla. A: Heddon made several tackle boxes, which now range in price from $20 or $30 to several hundred dollars. Since you did not supply a photo of your box, that is about as much information as I can provide you. Write to Larry Cox in care of KFWS, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox cannot personally answer all reader questions, nor do appraisals. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.
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ACCOMODATES 10 RESIDENTS
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Open Mon-Tues-Wed-Fri-Sat 8 til 8 Closed Thurs & Sun
1951 CORA MILL RD, Gallipolis, OH GOSPEL SINGING IN THE PARK ON THE RIVER , MAIN ST., POMEROY, OH
JUNE 6, 2014 • 12 PM TO 5 PM featured group
Saturday, June. 7th Tee Off 8:30 AM
CLIFFSIDE GOLF COURSE
CASH PRIZES • GIFTS • AUCTIONS
GOOD FOOD & FELLOWSHIP
HOLE SPONSOR $100.00 CLUB MEMBERS - $50.00 NON MEMBERS - $60.00
SIGN UP SHEET LOCATED AT THE GOLF COURSE
By Appointment Only
CALL 740-446-7822 FOR MORE INFO
2 years Over
EAGLE MILLS ROAD LONDONDERRY, OH
Gallipolis Lions Club
HEAVENSENT GOSPEL SINGERS from Vinton, OH and RICKY and MARIE ALLEY from Kermit, WV
For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543
6 pk/16.9 oz btl
Wellston Acorn Plaza
Prices Effective: thru Tuesday, June 10, 2014
USDA Choice Beef
Black Angus Whole Sirloin Tip
Fresh, Tender Choice, Family Pack lb
Bone-In Western Style Ribs
Jif Peanut Butter
Final Price With Card
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15.5-16 oz jar Selected Varieties
1.98 Final Price With Card
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Mix or Match! Must Buy 5 of the Above Items.
24 oz can Selected Varieties
Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb pkg. Red Ripe
12 oz btl. Selected Varieties
Tropicana Orange Juice
48 oz tub Selected Varieties ea
Breyers Ice Cream
Best of the Boneless Tyson Boneless Chicken Breast
8-9 oz pkg, Selected Varieties Lean Pockets, Croissant Pockets or
Online at www.lovemytidbits.com
Troyer Metal Roofing & Siding
Offering High Quality Windows & Glass Doors
JUNE 21, 2014
Directions: Take S.R. 141 approximately 10 miles West of Gallipolis or 40 miles East of Ironton on S.R. 141 FROM RIO GRANDE, OH: Take S.R. 325 South approximately 6 miles, then turn left on S.R. 141, go 1 mile to Gage School
SALE STARTS AT 9:00 A.M.
Lots of Solid Oak and Cherry Furniture Bedroom Suites • Hutches Dining Room Tables & Chairs Oak & Cedar Chests • Hickory Rockers Handmade Clocks • Shelves Outdoor Swings & Gliders Lots of Small Wood Miscellaneous Craft Items
HANDMADE QUILTS SELL AT 1:00 PM
FURNITURE & QUILT SALE WILL TAKE PLACE UNDER THE TENT WITH SEATING PROVIDED Lunch Stand: Homemade Ice Cream • Bar-B-Que Hamburgers & Chicken
ALL DONATIONS & CONSIGNMENTS WELCOME For More Information Please Contact One of the Following: Ervin Hershberger 1870 Boggs Road Patriot, OH 45658
Joni Yoder 2152 Cricket Trail Road Gallipolis, OH 45631
Nelson Hershberger 29 Daft Road Gallipolis, OH 45631
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS
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REPLACING YOUR OLD WINDOWS, OR BUILDING A NEW HOME, WE CAN ORDER ANY SIZE WINDOWS TO CUSTOM FIT YOUR NEEDS. WITH OR WITHOUT GRIDS CheCk Us OUt at 115 DeCkarD rD, BiDwell, Oh 45614 (1/4 mile frOm tyCOOn lake) Or mail Us Your Phone # & We Will Call You ••• oPen Mon thru Fri 7 aM to 6 PM Sat 7 aM to noon
740-245-5147 RIO GRANDE, OH INSURANCE CLAIM SPECIALIST WIND • HAIL RAIN Patch Work • Complete Tear Off 3 Tab • Dimensional or Metal Roofing Chimney Flashing Repair Vinyl Siding
3 YEAR LABOR WARRANTY FREE ESTIMATES PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE IN BUSINESS SINCE 1987
with use of Metal and Accessories from Troyer Metal, 115 Deckard Road, Bidwell, OH (1/4 mile from Tycoon Lake)