Calendar of Events
May 1 - May Day
May 4 - National Teachers Day
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 9 - Mothers Day
May 12 - Nurses Day
May 15 - Armed Forces Day
May 31 - Memorial Day
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17 Ways to Save on Energy
Get a home energy audit every
couple of years with your power company to find
ways to cut costs.
Check with your utility company
for rebates whenever you install energy-saving
Add more energy-efficient
insulation to your attic, with the appropriate
R-value, or resistance to heat flow, for your
climate and the type of heating in your house.
Turn down your home thermostat
two degrees and save 24 kilowatt hours a month.
It might not sound like much, but it adds up.
Buy a programmable thermostat,
especially if your home is vacant most of the
day. Set it to turn on a half hour before anyone
Adjust your thermostat to a
comfortable temperature and wait. Turning your
thermostat up or down dramatically wastes energy
and increases your heating costs.
Lower your hot water thermostat
10 degrees, but no lower than 120 degrees.
You'll still get all the hot water you need and
save 25 kilowatt hours a month.
Fix leaky faucets - one drip a
second is 20 kilowatts a month
Invest in weather-stripping kits
if you've got drafty doors.
Trade your standard candescent
bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs. They are
more energy-efficient, last for years instead of
months, consume little power and generate little
Turn off your computer when not
in use, or use the energy-saving "sleep" mode.
Seal energy leaks. Caulk over
cracks and small holes around windows and
exterior walls. Look carefully around plumbing
pipes, telephone wires, dryer vents, sink and
bathtub drains and under countertops.
Participate in your power
company's special energy-saving program. Some
programs shut down electric appliances for short
bursts of time during peak hours. You hardly
notice the difference - except in your bill.
Buy major appliances that sport
the "Energy Star" sticker. That shows the
appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the
U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental
Consider a front-loading washing
machine. They use 50% less energy and 1/3rd
less water. Plus, they remove far more water in
the rinse cycle, and that translates into big
savings in dryer time.
When building a home or replacing
a roof, select a roof based on energy efficiency
than on how it looks. Light-colored roofs, such
as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do
the best job of reflecting the sun, and cool
quickly at night.
Landscaping with the right mix of
trees and shrubs can lower your energy bills by
blocking winter winds or the summer sun.
Memorial Day Facts
Memorial Day is a patriotic
holiday in the United States of America, usually
celebrated on the last Monday in May.
It is a celebration of
remembrance for the brave service of men and
women who gave their lives for their country.
Originally, Memorial Day honored those who died
in the Civil War. Now, it honors those who died
in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World
War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert
Memorial Day was declared a
federal holiday in 1971. We now, designate this
day to remember loved ones who have passed on,
as well as remembering our service men and
women. Flowers and flags are placed on graves in
remembrance of them. Parades and dedications of
memorials usually are part of the day's
activities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local
marching bands, members of the armed service,
fire departments, police departments, and
fraternal orders often march in parades and
attend ceremonies to commemorate the day.
Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the
birthplace of this holiday because the people of
Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day
on May 5, 1866 to honor soldiers who died in the
Civil War. They closed their businesses and
placed flowers and flags on the graves of their
soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast.
Major General John A. Logan
declared May 30, 1868 as a special day for
honoring Union soldiers killed in battle. He was
Commander in Chief of an organization of Union
Civil War Veterans called the Grand Army of the
Republic. They took charge of Memorial Day
celebrations in the Northern States. The
American Legion took over these duties after
World War I.
The Southern States of Alabama
and Mississippi observe the last Monday in April
as Confederate Memorial Day. Georgia observes
April 26, North and South Carolina observe May
10, Virginia observes the last day of May.
Louisiana and Tennessee observe June 3 and Texas
celebrates Confederate Heroes Day, January 19.
10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a day for
remembering those who have laid their lives in
the nation's service. Memorial Day has also
become a popular time for Family Reunions and
Get Togethers as it is preceded by a weekend.
Here are some ways to celebrate the patriotic
spirit of this day:
Donate to families of soldiers
who are wounded or have lost their lives.
Observe the National Moment of
Remembrance. The Moment occurs on Memorial Day,
3pm, local time, for 1 minute. You can choose to
observe this moment in any way you like. It is
the sentiment that counts.
Visit a gravesite and offer
flowers to those U.S. Troops who have died in
the nation's service.
Plan a family reunion or Get
Together. It may be as simple and informal as a
Plan a family picnic. Get kids to
help with preparing picnic food. This is a
wonderful way to enjoy the summer season.
Throw an informal Grilling or
Barbeque party. Throw some burgers on the grill
and invite your friends over and enjoy.
Wear your American spirit
proudly. Badges, Pins, Shirts - make it a point
to wear something that shows your patriotism.
Make crafts with a patriotic
Educate your kids about Memorial
Day's history and origin and the history of U.S.
Military. Read to them stories with a patriotic
message and encourage them to look up
dictionaries and encyclopedias on the subject.
Have kids participate in Memorial
Day parades and other such activities.