Saturday, July 05, 2014

YOUR NEXT HOUSE

Little Falls, N.Y.: Inventor and engineer D.H. Burrell, who patented the first oil burner, completed this mansion in 1889. The three-story limestone inn includes an elevator, nine fireplaces, stained-glass windows, pocket doors, and a bar. The B&B sits on 15 acres overlooking the city and features a three-bedroom carriage house for an additional price. $1,000,000.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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PIN POWER

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By Ron Nethercutt, past chair of the Rotarians on the Internet Fellowship and a member of the Rotary Club of Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines
One of my unexpected surprises as a member of Rotary came during a large chamber of commerce meeting held at the Trade Center in New Orleans.A young lady approached me and said “I want to thank you.” I asked “Why? Have we met?” She responded by saying she saw my Rotary pin that I was wearing and that she gave thanks to every Rotarian she saw. She went on to tell me how she had been named a Rotary Scholar and earned a master’s degree in international banking at Oxford University, following undergraduate work in accounting. Upon returning from Oxford, she was hired at the largest bank in New Orleans, and after a few short years, she was named vice president for that bank’s investments in Latin America. She specialized in bank loans to young people to financially assist in their development.I’m sure we all have some personal stories to tell about those being helped by Rotary. My own club has a constant flow of young children who we have helped receive both minor and major medical operations.I share the above story since it came as a complete surprise for something for which I had no personal involvement. Our only link was that Rotary pin.

FASTER

Putting a motor on a skateboard seems like such a simple adaptation that “you wonder why these things aren’t everywhere already.” Apparently, the engineering challenge is formidable. The new Boosted Boardrepresents the product of several years of trial-and-error development. Twin motors spin the rear wheels, drawing juice from a lithium battery mounted behind the front wheels. A handheld remote controls the speed, allowing a top motor-generated velocity of 20 mph. The Boosted Board isn’t as maneuverable as a standard long board and thus “takes some practice.” Still, “it sure is a blast.”
$1,995, boostedboards.com

YOUR NEXT HOUSE

Easton, Conn.: Renowned architect Frazier Peters built this four-bedroom house in 1937. Set on a 7.2-acre lot, the home features arched doorways, a living room with a 20-foot exposed-beam ceiling, and a stone-floor dining room with French doors that lead to a canopied patio. The property has a small cottage and the option to subdivide. $799,900. 

TODAY IN HISTORY

June 28
1635 The French colony of Guadeloupe is established in the Caribbean.
1675 Frederick William of Brandenburg crushes the Swedes.
1709 Russians defeat the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava.
1776 Colonists repulse a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.
1778 Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carries water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth.
1839 Cinque and other Africans are kidnapped and sold into slavery in Cuba.
1862 Fighting continues between Union and Confederate forces during the Seven Days' campaign.
1863 General Meade replaces General Hooker three days before the Battle of Gettysburg.
1874 The Freedmen's Bank, created to assist former slaves in the United States, closes. Customers of the bank lose $3 million.
1884 Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday.
1902 Congress passes the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.
1911 Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City.
1914 Austria's Archduke Francis Ferdinand is assassinated at Sarajevo, Serbia.
1919 Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles under protest.
1921 A coal strike in Britain is settled after three months.
1930 More than 1,000 communists are routed during an assault on the British consulate in London.
1938 Congress creates the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.
1942 German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.
1945 General Douglas MacArthur announces the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.
1949 The last U.S. combat troops are called home from Korea, leaving only 500 advisers.
1950 General Douglas MacArthur arrives in South Korea as Seoul falls to the North.
1954 French troops begin to pull out of Vietnam's Tonkin province.
1964 Malcolm X founds the Organization for Afro-American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere.
1967 14 people are shot during race riots in Buffalo, New York.
1970 Muhammed Ali [Cassius Clay] stands before the Supreme Court regarding his refusal of induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
1971 The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.
1972 Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.
1976 The first women enter the U.S. Air Force Academy.

TRIVIA Q & A

What is the only state that has hosted the (summer) Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games?
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Friday, June 27, 2014

THE FIRST WORD

canaille

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuh-NAYL, -NY

MEANING:
noun: The common people; the masses; riffraff.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French canaille (villain, rabble), from Italian canaglia (pack of dogs, rabble), from cane (dog), from Latin canis (dog). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which is also the source of canine, chenille (from French chenille: caterpillar, literally, little dog), kennel, canary, hound, dachshund, corgi, cynic, and cynosure. Earliest documented use: 1676.

USAGE:
"The gang in the alley was not canaille; fine gentlemen from the court were raging here."
Isak Dinesen; Last Tales; Random House; 1957. 

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