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much larger and more complex ones. The average snowflake falls at the rate of about 3.1 mph and it can take several hours for one to reach the ground. • The Guinness World Book of Records cites the world’s largest snowflake ever recorded as one that fell in Fort Keogh, Montana in January of 1887. This giant was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick! • Although you might think every big snowstorm looks like a blizzard, the National Weather Service lists specific characteristics that must occur before it can officially be given that name. The storm must contain “winds reaching sustained speeds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater, with visibilities repeatedly reduced to 1/4 mile or less by falling and/or blowing snow for a period of at least three hours.” • Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is commonly called the “winter blues” and is a type of depression tied to the changes in the amount of sunlight we have. It was officially described and named in 1984 by the National Institute of Mental Health. Geographical locations that are dark or cloudy during the winter have a higher prevalence. For example, Southern California residents experience barely a one percent occurance, whereas the incidence Ad Proof: in New Hampshire Unique Touchis almost ten percent. 1/16th 13x afraid rate of snow are • Folks whopage, are Color, actually Sept.chionophobics, 2, 2012 --called and their greatest fear is of being snowbound or stranded. Even the Changes 4 pmWed.can 8/3/12 forecast of adue: winter storm bring on cold sweats, racing heartbeat, and panic attacks. • The wind chill factor is the temperature felt on exposed skin due to wind. The wind chill index was developed by two Antarctic explorers in the 1940s, who experimented with the

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I am close friends with an older woman whom I believe is making a big mistake regarding Social Security. She turned 70 about six months ago. She’s still working and says she plans to keep working as long as possible. But she has yet to sign up for her Social Security benefits. She says she will keep getting more money the longer she delays applying for her benefits. Also, she believes that there is some limit to the amount of money she can draw off of her account. She thinks that once she gets out all the money she has put into the system, her checks will stop. I’m only in my 40s and don’t know all that much about Social Security. Is any of this true?

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None of it is true. You should encourage your friend to apply for Social Security benefits immediately. Each month she waits, she is essentially throwing away a full Social Security check. While it is true that someone who puts off signing up for Social Security until age 70 gets a substantial delayed retirement bonus, there is absolutely no advantage to waiting beyond age 70. In other words, there are no more bonuses added to Social Security payments after that age. Well, let me clarify. There is a chance that her extra earnings (and corresponding Social Security tax payments) beyond age 70 will increase the amount of her monthly Social Security check. Whether she is due the increase depends on how much money she is making and how it compares to her past earnings that were used to figure the amount of her Social Security check. But, the point is, she gets that annual adjustment to her Social Security checks while she is getting benefits. This is a completely separate procedure from the delayed retirement bonus described above. Finally, your friend is dead wrong about only getting benefits until she draws out all the money she put into the system. Social Security doesn’t work that way. She will get a monthly Social Security check for the rest of her life. * * *

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Charles Meigh joined his father’s pottery at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, in 1834 and operated it under his own name from 1835 to 1949. From 1850 to 1851, the name Charles Meigh and Sons and Pankurst was used. In 1851, the firm dropped the name Pankurst to become Charles Meigh and Sons. Meigh and Sons produced flow blue and mulberry transfer pattern pieces and salt glazed teapots. The pottery closed in 1901. “California” is the name of the pattern and the scene is a transfer print and not hand painted. Your mid-19th century platter would probably be worth $125 to $150.

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