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9:16 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Datebook: Pickett's Charge 150 Years Ago

On the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered an infantry assault to strike the Union center. 12,500 Confederates marched, and some reached the Union wall, but they could not hold. Years later, when asked why his charge failed, Pickett said, "I've always thought the Yankees had something to do with it."

It’s Wednesday, July 3

LBL’s Nature Station offers a Sunset Kayak Trip Friday evening from 6 to 8:30. Search for wildlife that visits the lake at twilight such as osprey, herons, beavers, and songbirds. The cost is $20 per kayak. Reservations and full deposits required by calling 270-924-2020.

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9:18 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Datebook: July 2 - First Steam Engine Patented 315 Years Ago

James Watt's steam engine produced a continuous rotative motion, but nearly 100 years earlier, Thomas Savery was tinkering with steam. Savery's engine had no moving parts except the taps, but used heat and pressure to move water, primarily to drain water from mines. It didn't work very well, but it was the first.

It’s Tuesday, July 2

Mayfield celebrates Glory Days on Thursday with a car/truck/bike show, a farmer’s market, a pet show, kids’ activities, music, and food. The day’s events start at 9AM and conclude with fireworks at 9PM at the Mayfield High School Track.  See more information at cityofmayfield.org.

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10:43 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Datebook: July 1 - Battle of Gettysburg Begins 150 Years Ago

The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) was a major turning point for the Civil War, and saw the largest number of casualties. After three days of battle, Union Major General George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

It's Monday, July 1

Tomorrow morning from 9 to 11 Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Wellness Works program offers the first of ten free community health screenings this month. Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings will be held at the Mayfield-Graves County Senior Center, located at 901 N. 15 Street. For more information on the Wellness Works schedule or about the screenings offered, call 270-762-1348.

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10:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Datebook: June 28 - Tom Magliozzi Turns 75

Tom's the, uhh, 'handsome' one.

You know Tom... He's one half of Click & Clack, the Tappet Brothers. In 1987, Tom and Ray became contributors to NPR's Weekend Edition, which led to the Peabody award-winning show Car Talk. Even though they retired in 2012, and we miss them dearly, we still wish Tom a happy birthday!

It’s Friday, June 28

The Humane Society of Calloway County is holding its first Animal Academy Day Camp. The free camp for kids ages 7 to 11 starts July 9th and meets Tuesdays in July from 2 to 4 at the Carmen Animal Health Building. Kids learn about cats, exotic animals, dogs, and wildlife. Pre-register by calling the Humane Society at 270-759-1884.

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10:55 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Datebook: June 27 - Slocum Sails the World 115 Years Ago

Joshua Slocum became the first person to sail single-handedly around the world on this day in 1898. He set sail from Boston in 1895 in a repurposed oyster boat and used a cheap clock and noon-sun sights to navigate. Three years later, he arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, traveling a distance of 46,000 miles.

It’s Thursday, June 27

Baptist Health Paducah offers Safe Sitter classes for ages 11 and up tomorrow from 9 to 4. The one-day babysitting course, taught by certified instructors, teaches young teens life and safety skills. The $30 fee includes lunch and supplies. Pre-register by calling 270-575-8444.

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9:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Datebook: June 26 - "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" 50 Years Ago

President John F. Kennedy gave his famous speech to West Berlin on this day 50 years ago, underlying support for the West 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall. The message was to make a clear statement of US policy during the Cold War. "Lass' sie nach Berlin kommen!"

It’s Wednesday, June 26

Bandleader Roger Reichmuth invites the Murray community to participate in the Freedom Fest Kazoo Band. Rehearsal is tonight at 6:30 by the main gate of Stewart Stadium, and the band performs in Saturday morning’s Freedom Fest Parade. Participants should be physically able to walk the parade route and able to hum familiar patriotic songs.

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8:06 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Datebook: June 25 - National Catfish Day

In 1987, President Reagan declared today National Catfish Day, celebrating the value of farm-raised catfish. At the time, catfish was the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the US and it's still at the top of the list today, according to FishWatch.gov. Luckily, our region is home to the World's Biggest Fish Fry, so let's celebrate!

It’s Tuesday, June 25.

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10:46 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Datebook: June 24 - Pinta Island Tortoise Goes Extinct One Year Ago

Lonesome George was the last known Pinta Island tortoise, a subspecies of Galapagos tortoise. He was believed to be more than 100 years old at the time of death, young for a tortoise. Despite failed attempts at mating Lonesome George, some researchers are optimistic that he has some family out there, somewhere...

It's Monday, June 24

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County offer a special display of antique radios in the Pennyroyal Treasures exhibit. The tabletop radios, from a local private collection, will be on display at the Pennyroyal Area Museum through the end of the month. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 3. See more at museumsofhopkinsville.org.

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9:33 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Datebook: June 21 - First Day of Summer

Credit sweden.se

Today is the summer solstice. Earth's semi-axis is at its greatest incline toward the sun in the northern hemisphere. Midsummer festivals are occurring all over the world and especially in Scandinavia, where you might light a bonfire, walk across hot coals, turn up the music, cookout with friends, and party all night!

It's Friday, June 21

The Murray State University Amateur Radio Club demonstrates amateur radio tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1. Ham Field Day is to be held at the Murray-Calloway County Central Park schoolhouse pavilion and adjacent parking area. To learn more about amateur radio, visit emergency-radio.org.

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11:01 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Datebook: June 20 - Ed Sullivan 'Toasts the Town' 65 Years Ago

Everyone called it The Ed Sullivan Show, but it was officially Toast of the Town when it debuted on this day in 1948. The first episode featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, along with Rogers & Hammerstein previewing South Pacific. TV Guide placed it as #15 on their list of greatest TV shows of all time.

It’s Thursday, June 20

The annual Tymeless Hearts carnival is this Saturday afternoon from 12-5 at Chestnut Street Park in Murray. The event features live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, health checks, games, an auction, and more. Proceeds go to help children with heart defects. For more information visit tymelesshearts.com.

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