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Umbrella Coverage

Showers pop up in April, and so do umbrellas. The first umbrellas actually were parasols, used to block the sun. Umbrellas are depicted in the art of ancient Egypt, Assyria and Greece, but the Chinese were the first to wax and lacquer paper parasols for rain protection. Here’s a sprirlding of facts about umbrellas:

  • The word umbrella comes from the Latin word ‘umbra,’ meaning shade.
  • The oldest written reference to a collapsible umbrella dates to 21 A.D., when Chinese emperor Wang Mang had one designed for a ceremonial caniage.
  • In 1708, Kersey‘s Dictionary described an umbrella as “a screen commonly used by women to keep off rain.‘ At the time, protecting oneself from the elements with an umbrella was considered unmanly.
  • The English call the umbrella a “brolly’ or a “gamp,’ atter Charles Dickens’ character Sairey Gamp, who nearly always toted a battered umbrella.
  • Umbrellastand. com has devised rules for “umbretiquette”—good umbrella manners. For example, when two people pass through a tight space the taller person should raise his umbrella, and you should never open an umbrella at a sporting event.

Will Misfortune Unfold?
Legend has it that opening an umbrella indoors is bad luck. This superstition probably harks back to the days when umbrellas were shields from the sun, and opening one inside was considered an insult to the sun god.

Ibis Trail at Covington Office Staff

Daniel Mower… Community Manager
Christie… Milliken Leasing Agent
Kelly Speight… Leasing Agent
Todd… Tumminello Superintendent
John Jones… Maintenance
Timothy Brim… Maintenance
Heidy Taz Painter… Ledice Cruz Housekeeping

Paying with a Money Order????

  • Complete the entire money order. DO NOT ever give someone your money order to complete for you.
  • Always keep your receipt.
  • Remember, a money order should be treated like cash; if you lose it, consider it robbed.

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No-Frying Chicken Parmesan

• 3/4 cup plain, dry bread crumbs
• 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 6 boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves (about 2 pounds) • 1 egg, beaten
• 1 jar pasta sauce
• 1 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
• 12 oz. pasta, cooked and drained
Preheat oven to 400° F. Combine bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg, then crumb mixture; turn to coat.
Arrange chicken in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Pour pasta sauce over chicken; top with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with hot pasta.

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Maintenance Note

Placing a maintenance work order request just got easier; simply e-mail, include you name, phone number, unit number and a brief description of your problem, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Resident Referrals

Remember for every new tenant you refer to the property, you will receive $400! Stop by for details.

These Zoos Are Made for Walking

In 2010, a slumping economy had people searching for attractions close to home, which meant record attendance for many zoos. If you’re looking to observe wildlife usually seen only in far-off places, try to visit a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). These zoos must meet the highest standards for animal care, education and conservation, and many follow the “environmental immersion” model with exhibits designed to mimic animals’ natural habitats. Following are a few AZA-accredited zoos:

Philadelphia Zoo. “America’s first zoo” opened in 1859, although the Civil War kept it closed to the public until 1874. It’s the first in the country to implement a carbon-offset program.
San Diego Zoo. Its Institute for Conservation Research is the largest zoo-based research team in the world, dedicated to preserving rare and endangered wildlife and habitats.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. The Lied Jungle is the world’s largest indoor rainforest, and the Center for Conservation and Research conducts state-of-the-art research in animal care and nutrition.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo funded more than 60 conservation projects around the world in 2009 and was named the No. 1 zoo in the country that year by USA Travel Guide.

The Power of Microloans

Imagine that a loan as small as $100 could change the life of one person, eventually helping her family and entire village. Sound impossible? It’s not, and it’s already happening in poor communities around the world. Microfinancing—the extension of credit to low-income people—is considered to have begun in the 1970s with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Now it has spread around the world and is helping thousands of people become self-sufficient entrepreneurs and climb out of poverty. Most of the loans go to women. This not only helps them build businesses—it helps their whole families, as women are more likely to spend their income on their families. They send their kids to school, improve their nutrition and get them health care. Proponents say the loans have even helped curb domestic violence, because a husband is not as likely to abuse a wife who provides for the family. There have even been cases where a woman’s business has been so successful she could hire people from her village, helping an entire community overcome poverty in the process. Poor communities still often have to contend with bad roads, poor water quality and lack of health care, but microfinancing is a strong tool to help end some suffering.

Whole-Grain vs. White Pasta

A 2-ounce serving of whole-grain pasta contains 5 to 6 grams of dietary fiber, compared with only 2 grams in the refined, white variety.

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