Monthly Archives: July 2019

Today in History: The First U.S. Patent was Issued

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On this day in 1790, the first American patent was issued. On July 31, 1790, Samuel Hopkins was issued the first-ever U.S. patent for the process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer.  Amazingly, the patent was signed by President George Washington, Attorney General Edmund Randolph, and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. To commemorate

Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter!

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Celebrating the impressive life and legacy of Beatrix Potter. Today marks the birthday of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist.  Best known for her children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter dedicated herself to advancing her education and making a name for herself when women had limited opportunities.  During

Let’s Protect Our Pets This Summer

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Here’s some reminders how to take care of our furry friends this season. With summer here, the sun is shining, and temperatures are rising rapidly.  While we may enjoy the sunny weather, it’s important that we remember that summer heat poses certain risks.  This is true even for our pets.  To ensure that we are taking

Let’s Stay Cool with These Air Conditioning Tips

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Here are some tips to maximize the efficiency of our air conditioners. With temperatures rising, many of us are cranking up our air conditioners.  However, turning our AC units on full blast consumes a ton of energy and raises our energy bills considerably.  Fortunately, there are things that we can do to make our AC

Let’s Celebrate International Chess Day

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Let’s play; it’s International Chess Day! In 1966, UNESCO named July 20th International Chess Day to commemorate the establishment of FIDE (the World Chess Federation) in 1924.  The purpose of International Chess Day is to spread love and awareness of the sport.  In honor of International Chess Day, here are some of the benefits of

Today Marks the Anniversary of Disneyland’s Opening

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On this day in 1955, the “Happiest Place on Earth” opened its gates. On July 17th, 1995, Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, California.  Overseen by Walt Disney himself, Disneyland was designed to attract tourists and entertain fans.  Since it’s opening, Disneyland has seen several additions, including New Orleans Square (1966), Bear/Critter Country (1972), Mickey’s Toontown

Tips to Take Care of Our Cars This Summer

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We’d like to recommend these summer car maintenance suggestions. While many of us don’t have to concern ourselves with rain, wind, or other adverse weather conditions during the summer months, this does not mean that summertime is without its risks. To help ensure that our cars continue to run smoothly this season, here are some of