Out and About – Week of November 25th

It has been rumored that if you really want to see “Fall Colors”, you need to travel out east during the month of October. I discovered this to be more fact than fiction. The last weekend of October, found us traveling to Lebanon, Pennsylvania for a family reunion. Lebanon is east of Pittsburgh near Hershey. We traveled twelve hundred miles round-trip during daylight hours, so we were able to take in all of the fantastic colors, which were very evident in the mountains of Pennsylvania. While in the area, we visited Hershey World and learned all about the Hershey Bar and Reese’s Pieces. It was a very sweet time. If you never have the opportunity to visit the states east of Michigan, please take a weekend and travel north of Grand Rapids. I guarantee you will not be disappointed with the colors available there during the fall season.

If your eyes hurt after you drink coffee, you have to take the spoon out of the cup.

It seems we hear the world “Billion” more and more these days. It’s usually used when discussing money. “The United States has offered two billion dollars in aid, or the amount of our national deficit is over a billion dollars.” These are just two examples. We have become so accustomed to hearing such a big number that we have lost track of exactly how much a billion is actually.

Here are four facts that might help you realize what it takes to equal a billion:

One billion seconds ago, it was 1959.
One billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive.
One billion hours ago, it was the Stone Age.
One billion days ago, no one walked the earth on two feet.
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This is the only place in this newspaper where you will find various useless bits of information. I woke up this morning wondering why scratching an itch makes it feel better. I did some research, and this is what I came up with:

An itch can be caused by almost anything – insects, dust particles, allergies, emotions, infections, etc. All itches result for the same reason: local stimuli are irritating the fibrous nerve endings on the upper layer of the skin. The brain interprets these stimuli as itches. Scratching can either remove the stimuli or cause pain in the area of the itch, which neutralizes the itching sensation in the spinal cord. Now you know.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving. A special time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for all we have. We always seem to overeat, then regret it later. Here are a few things I’d like you to give some serious thought during this time of thankfulness:

If you’ve never volunteered to help serve a Thanksgiving meal at a homeless shelter, try it. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel and how much more you’ll appreciate what you have.
If you know someone who lives alone, invite them to join you at your table on Thanksgiving.
Visit a local nursing home or hospital. There are many forgotten souls who will appreciate it.
The Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street, in Three Rivers, will host a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner this Wednesday, November 27, from 4 till 6 PM. Everyone is welcome.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all! I’ll see you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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