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Children laughing, playing and MOST of all having a great time was our intent. Judging by the looks of the two little girls in the photo, the Family Day was a success.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly as free as a bird, floating in a hot air balloon is about as close as you can get. Hot air balloon festivals abound in summer as a feast for the eyes. For the adventurous, commercial hot air balloon rides are increasingly available.
The first hot air balloon took flight in 1783 in France, with a sheep, a duck and a rooster on board. In 1793, George Washington witnessed the first balloon launch in North America, piloted by Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard.
The three basic components of the aircraft are the envelope, burner and basket. The envelope is the actual balloon that holds the air. The burner is the equivalent of an engine and drives hot air into the balloon. The basket is where the pilot and passengers stand. To drive the balloon upward, the pilot opens the propane valve. To move it downward, the pilot uses the parachute valve. To steer the balloon, the pilot moves the craft up or down, depending on the location of wind currents, and rides with the wind.
A commercial ride in a hot air balloon generally costs from $150 to $275, but often rides in tethered balloons are available for much less at festivals. Check out HotAirBalloon.com for a list of balloon festivals around the world.
Whether you spell it ketchup or catsup, the tangy tomato-based condiment is in peak demand during the summer as Americans take aim on hot dogs and hamburgers.
A forerunner to ketchup known as ke-tsiap or kecap originated with Indonesian and Asian cultures hundreds of years ago as a spicy pickled sauce for ﬁsh made of anchovies, walnuts, mushrooms and kidney beans. British seamen brought the condiment home with them in the 17th century and changed its name to catchup. By the 18th century, New Englanders were adding tomatoes to the mixture.
Full-blown commercial production started in 1876 when Henry J. Heinz started bottling ketchup. Although he was not the ﬁrst to produce ketchup, his recipe caught on and remains the same to this day. Competitors soon were bottling their own formulas under the names of catsup, katsup, catsip, cotsup, kutchpuck, cutchpuck and even cornchops, which was brieﬂy produced by Hunt’s for the state of Iowa.
Ketchup does have healthful properties. Its base is cooked tomatoes, which contain lycopene— shown to have cancer-ﬁghting properties. Still, the scientiﬁc world rebelled when ketchup was declared a vegetable on school lunch menus for a brief period in the 1980s. It would be absurd to declare a hot dog smothered in ketchup a health food, but it’s summertime—the time to indulge.
Besides making you look better in a bathing suit, the health beneﬁts of working out are legendary. Exercise builds muscles, strengthens bones and improves heart health. But did you know it could protect your vision, boost your word power and slash sick days? From Prevention. com, here are some of the lesser-known perks of exercise:
Healthier mouth. A study found that adults who moderately exercised for 30 minutes ﬁve times a week were 42 percent less likely to have periodontitis, a gum disease.
Sharper vision. A physically active lifestyle can cut the risk of age-related macular degeneration by 70 percent, according to a British Journal of Ophthalmology study.
Bigger vocabulary. Researchers at the University of Muenster in Germany found that people who ran two three-minute sprints, with a two-minute break in between, leamed new words 20 percent faster than study participants who didn’t exercise.
Fewer colds. A University of Washington study found that women who did 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week had 33 percent fewer colds than the control group, who did stretching exercises once a week.
Better attendance. Research ﬁnds that people who participate in strenuous leisure activities, such as running or cycling, take about half as many sick days as their sedentary cohorts.
Basil thrives in warm weather, so July is the ideal time to grow it in a pot or buy it at the produce stand. Basil’s deep green color and fresh, herbaceous flavor make it a perfect match for tomatoes, another summer favorite. The flavonoids in basil have antibacterial properties and have been shown to protect cells from damage by free radicals. Eugenol, an oil in basil, is an anti-inflammatory agent. Enjoy fresh basil in sandwiches and salads, or grind it up with garlic, pine nuts and olive oil to make a classic pesto.
“He who is brave is free.”
“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something that people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.”
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.”
—Simone de Beauvoir
“Those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves.”
“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.”
“The best road to progress is freedom’s road.”
—John F. Kennedy
“A forest bird never wants a cage.”
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
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Diana, Princess of Wales, would have been50 years old on July 1. Diana’s untimely death at the age of 36 in a 1997 car crash sent the world into mourning, but the bright spirit of ‘the people’s princess‘ lives on. Here are some facts about Diana:
Royal courtship. Prince Charles had known Diana for several years and had brieﬂy dated her older sister Sarah. But Charles never considered Dna as a potential bride until one summer weekend in 1980, when the future princess watched the prince play polo. In the winter 0f1981, Diana accepted Charles‘ proposal of marriage.
Worldwide wedding‘ On July 29, 1981, 20-yearold Diana wed 32-year old Charles, with 3,500 guests in attendance, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Two million spectators lined the route of Diana’s procession to the church, and 750 milion more people around the world watched the ceremony on TV.
Little princes The union of Diana and Cluarles produced two sons, Prince Wiliam in 1982 and Prince Harry it 1984. Despite their diiferences, the royal couple reportedly made a good parenting team and shared responsibility for the boys after divorcing in 1996.
Lasting legacy. Her openness may have roiled the royals, but Diana modemized the monarchy. She campaigned against the use of land mines, raised awareness of eating disorders and held the hands of AIDS patients, confronting the prejudices of the time.
“Anywhere I see suffering,
that is where I want to be,
doing what I can.”
—Diana, Princess of Wales