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Stroller: Serrano speaks, some calcium gardening tips

TODAY’S WORD is ordnance (awrd-nuh ns). Example: When the judge aimed the cannon at me, I realized that I misunderstood him when he said I’d violated a city ordnance.

TUESDAY’S WORD was limpid. It means clear; transparent. Example: After watching Jaws, Tom wouldn’t even set foot in a limpid swimming pool.

Serrano speaks

Popular 5-year-old preacher Caleb Serrano will speak during the 7 p.m. revival service Wednesday at Christian View Missionary Baptist Church. He is a worship leader at his church in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has appeared on the television show “Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots.” “He’s just a dynamic little fellow,” said Christian View member Valeria Edwards.

Calcium gardening

When planting peppers and tomatoes, add some calcium to the soil to prevent blossom end rot. That is the problem of the end of the fruit (opposite the stem) turning brown and leathery – which is caused by calcium deficiency. Bulletin staff writer Holly Kozelsky pokes a calcium tablet or capsule into the soil at the base of each plant at the start of each season and has not had any trouble with blossom end rot since she’s been doing that. Other people have recommended scattering crushed eggshells or dried milk powder or pouring soured milk into the soil, but if you have dogs, that might cause the dogs to want to dig around your plants.

TODAY IS: National Third Shift Workers Day

Also known as National Night Shift Workers Day, today is a day to celebrate the men and women who work hard through the night, night after night. Some people work third shifts to keep a manufacturer operating for 24 hours a day, while other third shift workers are in law enforcement, public safety, or working in our hospitals. Give your favorite third shift worker a phone call today and thank them for their service – just don’t do it in the middle of the day, because they’re probably trying to get a little shut-eye.


The Martinsville Elks Lodge Fishing Rodeo will not take place as scheduled this Saturday over at Kings Grant. The group had to cancel plans due to some health concerns. The event will be rescheduled, but they just don’t know when yet.

TRIVIA QUESTION: On Dec. 15, 1966, as he lay on his deathbed, Walt Disney requested a pen and paper, and then he wrote down a name. It was Disney’s last communication with the world. Whose name did Disney write down?

TUESDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: The 1970s U.S. oil crisis introduced what change to the way we drive? The answer: The right turn on red. While taking a right turn on a red light is something we take for granted now, prior to the 1970s, the practice only occurred in sparsely populated areas in the western U.S. However, the gasoline shortages of the 1970s left the U.S. government desperate for any solution that would increase fuel efficiency and cut down on fuel consumption. The Federal Highway Administration sponsored studies that revealed that allowing right turns on red lights when traffic was clear reduced wait time 9-30 percent based on traffic conditions, and cut down on the amount of time drivers spent idling in traffic. By early 1980, all fifty U.S. states had adopted right-turn-on-red regulations.

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