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Ice Ice Baby! May 31, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:35 pm

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some
music, especially an old favorite or something totallynew!!)

Ok now this just take me back in time – doesn’t it? I was driving home tonight and heard this song. Had to crack it whilst I was trying to eat my blueberry yogurt and read facebook at the same time. tee hee…

Enjoy – makes ya want to have some ice cream doesn’t it?

VANILLA ICE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rog8ou-ZepE

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Sharks and Shrimps May 30, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 8:10 am

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

I was recently in Florida at Crabby Bill’s restaurant with some old and new friends  – Hi Smart Asses!!! And we had delicious crab legs with Land Shark beers. It was a night to remember. Thank you I  hope to see you again.

Land Shark Lager, brewed in Jacksonville Florida, is a 4.7% pale lager launched in 2006 as the house lager for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain. Under a sponsorship deal, Dolphin Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, and the Miami Hurricanes was renamed “Land Shark Stadium” for the 2009 football season. The contract ended in early 2010, and the stadium has since been renamed “Sun Life Stadium” as of January 18, 2010 in time for both the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV.


  • 1 pound of frozen shrimp
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • 2 avocados, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Purple flowering kale (optional)Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Cook shrimp in a large amount of boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, stirring occasionally. Drain; rinse under cold running water.

    In a large bowl, stir together ketchup, lime juice, and hot pepper sauce. Add shrimp, tomato, onion, and cilantro; toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours.

    Just before serving, add avocados; toss to coat. If desired, garnish with lime wedges and flowering kale. Makes 8 appetizer servings.

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The Oath of the Soldier May 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 9:44 am

Toastmaster Speech © Johnny Q. Gogue III 2005, Desert Storm/Shield veteran
Website © 1994 – 2009 SUVCW & David Merchant
Updated 26 May 2005

A Memorial Day Observance Speech
by Johnny Q. Gogue III

Memorial Day – For most it is a three-day weekend, filled with bar-b-que’s and picnics . . . A time to get away from the normal humdrum of the week. For other’s it’s the beginning of summer, a time to look towards the long lazy days and a time to plan your summer get-a-ways. Though for some, Memorial Day holds a special significance.

On May 5, 1868, an order issued by General John Logan established a day of remembrance for those soldiers who died during the Civil War. May 30, 1868, was the day designated for this observance and flowers were placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers of both the Union and Confederate Armies. New York was the first state to officially recognize this observance in 1873 and in 1971 with the passage of the National Holiday Act; Memorial Day was designated as the last Monday of May.

Now for many of us, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War are ancient history. The Vietnam War a fading memory. But with the recent Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom we, the American people have once again been thrust into a position of remembering those who are fighting and dying today.

I, like my grandfathers, father, uncles and aunt before me, am a veteran. I am and was proud of serving in the Armed Forces. I served in the Army from 1985 to 1994. I was in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. I know what Memorial Day is about.

I have two brothers who are currently serving. One brother is serving in the Navy in Italy. My youngest brother, who is currently serving in the Army, is right now in Iraq supporting and defending his fellow soldiers. I know what Memorial Day is about.

Memorial Day for all soldiers is embodied in the words of the oath that you first take when you enlist into the service of the country:


This oath taken by each and every soldier exemplifies the reason why soldiers do what they do each and every day. Soldiers are defenders of the same principles that made this country great. They stand as Patriots to defend and protect the ideals and sentiments espoused in the Constitution of the United States. Soldiers bear true faith and allegiance to that document and they work, and live, within the Codes of Military Justice. Soldiers also obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Officers appointed over them. These truths are self evident in the everyday lives of soldiers.

Now, as we see our fellow citizens arrive back from a foreign land, we should not forget those words that each and every soldier spoke upon enlistment. Because when we look upon a returning soldier from conflict, a disabled veteran, or a grave marker – those words should ring in your conscience.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . streaming from the eyes of the returning soldier. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me . . . sounding from the stumbling gait of the disabled veteran. According to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God . . . blasting from the cold stone face of a grave marker.

Remember those that gave their lives, so that we may continue to live in freedom as spelled out in the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence . . . Lest we forget.


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BRATSTOCK! May 28, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 11:01 pm

Brat Stop in Kenosha is having their 50 anniversary party!  Ok I’m a tad late on this one but here is the run down at least for Sunday and Monday. I’m thinking I need me a brat!

May 27th – May 30th

4 Days of Live Music on 3 Stages
Local Vendors and Entertainment

50 Bands Celebrating 50 Years on Highway 50

All ages welcome, Must be 21 + after 10 PM
Children 15 & under get in free with parents.

$8.00 Single Day Admission
A portion of proceeds will benefit the MDA and Save-A Vet.



11:40 am – Aly Jayne (solo show)
1:00 pm – The Dayrollers
 3:00 pm – The Lakeside City Band
 4:20 pm – Trading Betty
 5:40 pm – Cannibal Galaxy
7:00 pm – Avedis
 8:20 pm – Cereboca
 9:40 pm – Skrude Loose
 11:00 pm – House of Holland

*STAGE 50*
 1:20 pm – Empire
 2:40 pm – Keep it Simple (acoustic)
 4:00 pm – Monk9
 5:20 pm – Blaze Daze
 6:40 pm – Villas Avenue
 8:00 pm – Midnight Rider Band
 9:20 pm – Mandy Z
 10:40 pm – Country Storm

11:00 am – The Stumes
 12:40 pm – Pilot
 2:00 pm – The Spirrizzis
 3:20 pm – Matt Haeffel
 4:40 pm – The Daniel Kin Band
 6:00 pm – Dawn Of Dorsie
 7:40 pm – Lakeside City Band
 9:00 pm – The Ecolimes


11:00 am – Set For Disaster
12:20 pm – Empire
1:40 pm – 8 Miles South
3:00 pm – TBA
4:20 pm – Richard Cranium
6:00 pm – Whiskey Of The Dammed
7:30 pm – Trading Betty
9:00 pm – Floog


12:40 pm – TBA
2:00 pm – Keep it Simple (acoustic)
3:20 pm – Set For Disaster
4:40 pm – Empire
6:00 pm – Big Johnson And The Thrusters
7:20 pm – Villa Avenue
8:40 pm – Keep it Simple (acoustic)

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Muffaletta May 27, 2011

Filed under: Entree Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 11:59 pm

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a
new recipe to try this weekend!)


  • Spicy Olive Relish Mayonnaise
  • 2 roasted red peppers (from a jar), drained
  • 1/2 or 1 jalapeno chile, chopped (depending on how spicy you like)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup prepared olive relish
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
  • Muffuletta
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 1/4-inch thick slices provolone cheese
  • 1 large round loaf of bread, sliced in half crosswise
  • Spicy olive relish
  • Spicy Olive Relish Mayonnaise
  • Aluminum foil
  • 2 bricks or a cast iron pan and a few heavy cans

    Combine the red peppers, jalapeno, garlic, mayonnaise and vinegar in a food processor and process until smooth. Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl and fold in the olive relish and parsley. Set aside.

  1. Heat the grill to high or the grill pan over high heat.
  2. Brush the chicken breasts with oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown and just cooked through. Remove from the grill, let rest 5 minutes then slice into 1/4-inch thick slices on the bias.
  3. Spread some of the mayonnaise on the bottom half of the bread, add a few tablespoons of the olive relish, add half of the cheese, half of the chicken and repeat with the remaining ingredients, (mayonnaise, olive relish, cheese, chicken) in that order.
  4. Spread the cut-side of the top of the loaf with more of the mayonnaise and place, mayonnaise-side down on the chicken. Wrap tightly in foil, place on a baking sheet and place bricks or a heavy cast iron pan on top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (to allow the flavors to meld) or overnight.Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

25 years! May 25, 2011

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 9:42 pm

(enjoy learning about a goddess!)

Wow how can I not feature Oprah as the goddess of the day. It’s her last day on the job in Chicago. 25 years!!! I’ve been at my job nearly as long at 24 years this Friday. So I googled up Oprah and found out some details I did not know. Congrats Oprah. I did enjoy many days with her. I learned a lot and I think that she opened up a lot of people’s eyes and hearts.

Winfrey was originally named Orpah after the Biblical character in the Book of Ruth, but her family and friends “didn’t know how to pronounce it”, and called her “Oprah” instead.Winfrey was born in Mississippi to an unmarried teenage mother.  Her mother, Vernita Lee (born c. 1935) was a housemaid. Winfrey had believed that her biological father was Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when she was born. Decades later, Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Srclaimed to be her biological father.[

After her birth, Winfrey’s mother traveled north and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963), who was so poor that Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which the local children made fun of her.[21] Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed “The Preacher” for her ability to recite Bible verses. When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother would hit her with a switch when she didn’t do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.

At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been, due in large part to the long hours Vernita Lee worked as a maid. Around the time Winfrey moved in, Lee had given birth to another daughter, Winfrey’s younger half-sister, Patricia who later (on February 2003, at age 43) died of causes related to cocaine addiction. By 1962, Lee was having difficulty raising both daughters so Winfrey was temporarily sent to live with Vernon in Nashville, TN While Winfrey was in Nashville, Lee gave birth to a third daughter. Lee gave this daughter, later also named Patricia, up for adoption in the hope of easing the financial straits that had led to Lee’s being on welfare. Winfrey did not learn she had a second half-sister until 2010. By the time Winfrey moved back in with Lee, Lee had also given birth to a boy named Jeffrey, Winfrey’s half-brother, who died of AIDS related causes in 1989.

Winfrey has stated she was molested by her cousin, her uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine years old, something she first claimed to her viewers on a 1986 episode of her TV show, when sexual abuse was being discussed. When Winfrey discussed the alleged abuse with family members at age 24, they refused to accept what she said Winfrey once commented that she had chosen not to be a mother because she had not been mothered well.

At 13, after suffering years of abuse, Winfrey ran away from home. When she was 14, she became pregnant, her son dying shortly after birth. She later said she felt betrayed by the family member who had sold the story to the National Enquirer in 1990. In high school at her poverty was constantly rubbed in her face as she rode the bus to school with fellow African-Americans, some of whom were servants of her classmates’ families. She began to steal money from her mother in an effort to keep up with her free-spending peers, to lie to and argue with her mother, and to go out with older boys.

Her frustrated mother once again sent her to live with Vernon in though this time she did not take her back. Vernon was strict but encouraging, and made her education a priority. Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team  placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to TN University, a  historically black institution, where she studied communication. Her first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At age 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.

Winfrey’s career choice in media would not have surprised her grandmother, who once said that ever since Winfrey could talk, she was on stage. As a child she played games interviewing her corncob doll and the crows on the fence of her family’s property. Winfrey later acknowledged her grandmother’s influence, saying it was Hattie Mae who had encouraged her to speak in public and “gave me a positive sense of myself”. Working in local media, she was both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC TV. She moved to Baltimore’s WJZ TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o’clock news. She was then recruited to join Richard Sher as co-host of WJZ’s local talk show People Are Talking, which premiered on August 14, 1978. She also hosted the local version of Dialin for Dollars there as well.

In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS TV’s low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago. The first episode aired on January 2, 1984. Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking Donahue as the highest rated talk show in Chicago. The movie critic Roer Ebert persuaded her to sign a syndication deal with King World. Ebert predicted that she would generate 40 times as much revenue as his television show,  At the Movies. It was renamed  The Oprah Windrey Show, expanded to a full hour, and broadcast nationally beginning September 8, 1986. Winfrey’s syndicated show brought in double Donahue’s national audience, displacing Donahue as the number one day-time talk show in America. And the rest is HISTORY!



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https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/ – DEMETER GODDESS OF FERTILITY
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/– DENISE GASKELL – SHAKLEE
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50? May 24, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 11:01 pm

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some
music, especially an old favorite or something totallynew!!)

I heard Paul Simon being interviewed while driving home tonight and the radio played one of his most famous songs.  So here we go…Do you think you know 50 ways to leave YOUR lover? Tell me some sly and interesting ways. I’m curious people.

Here are some I found:

Spell out “I’m leaving you” in rose petals on their bed.
Fake your own death.
Send them a fictional (or real, if you’re totally heartless) invitation to your wedding next week.
“Accidentally” leave your new lover’s undergarments lying around the house, your car, or your future ex’s underwear drawer.
If you live together, change the locks. Leave their things on the lawn in a box labeled “FREE.”
Tell them “You just don’t have as much money as I thought you did.”
Act it out during charades at your friends’ house on game night.
Have your tattoo of their name removed.

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!


Rapture in October May 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 9:03 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Come fly away....


Okay lovies – I’m backkkk. I took a much needed vacation in lovely Florida with a couple of good friends. We celebrated our last night on earth by eating lots of crab legs dunked in butta, smoking cigars, drinking beer and doing rapture shots.

Yes I’m 2 days late. But hell that means I didn’t rapture with the rest of the people that went to heaven on Saturday night at 6:00pm. And what 6:00pm  time zone was it supposed to happen in anywho? Actually I was supposed to be on an airplane flying at the time. Good thing it didn’t happen with me on the plane JUST in case I wasn’t rappin’ up to heaven and the pilot who was gonna land my plane did rapture.

So in honor of our still being here in the good ole world, let’s have a rapture drink! Also since you’re not allowed to eat anything you want now because you ate anything you wanted during the last week of your life and gained 10 pounds…Break out the broccoli.

2 oz Bacardi® gold rum
2 oz Absolut® vodka
2 oz Hennessy® cognac
2 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
2 oz Red Bull® energy drink
1 oztropical fruit juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange juice
1 splash grapefruit juice

Place all ingredients n a mixer, stir and serve.

OAKLAND, Calif. — California preacher Harold Camping said Monday his prophecy that the world would end was off by five months because Judgment Day actually will come on October 21.

Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before the Earth was destroyed, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday prediction did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife. His independent ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions — some of it from donations made by followers — on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

But Camping said that he’s now realized the apocalypse will come five months after May 21, the original date he predicted. He had earlier said Oct. 21 was when the globe would be consumed by a fireball.

It’s not the first time the independent Christian radio host has been forced to explain when his prediction didn’t come to pass. He also predicted the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said it didn’t happen then because of a mathematical error.

Rather than give his normal daily broadcast on Monday, Camping made a special statement before the press at the Oakland headquarters of the media empire that has broadcast his message. His show, “Open Forum,” has for months headlined his doomsday message via the group’s radio stations, TV channels, satellite broadcasts and website.

When the Rapture didn’t arrive Saturday, crestfallen followers began turning their attention to more earthly concerns.

Jeff Hopkins had figured the gas money he spent driving back and forth from Long Island to New York City would be worth it, as long as people could see the ominous sign atop his car warning that the End of the World was nigh.

“I’ve been mocked and scoffed and cursed at and I’ve been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car,” said Hopkins, 52, a former television producer who lives in Great River, NY. “I was doing what I’ve been instructed to do through the Bible, but now I’ve been stymied. It’s like getting slapped in the face.”

Apocalyptic thinking has always been part of American religious life and popular culture. Teachings about the end of the world vary dramatically — even within faith traditions — about how they will occur.

Still, the overwhelming majority of Christians reject the idea that the exact date or time of Jesus’ return can be predicted.

Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” novels about the end times, recently called Camping’s prediction “not only bizarre but 100 percent wrong!” He cited the bible verse Matthew 24:36, ‘but about that day or hour no one knows” except God.

“While it may be in the near future, many signs of our times certainly indicate so, but anyone who thinks they ‘know’ the day and the hour is flat out wrong,” LaHaye wrote on his Web site, leftbehind.com.

In 2009, the nonprofit Family Radio reported in IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded securities.

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A city that started as a single cabin May 10, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:49 pm

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some
music, especially an old favorite or something totallynew!!)

Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happpyyy Birthday dear McHenry Happy birthday to you!!!!  I’ve lived here almost my entire life. I believe it was about 5,000 citizens back when I was a little goddess. We even had a one laned bridge over the Fox River where you needed to take turns driving across. Anyway our town celebrated today and asked it’s residents to wear red, white or blue and go outside. A helicopter fly overhead taking pictures to be offered for sale. I’m sure we’ll also see them in the Herald. I ended up joining some fun ladies at a hair salon on route 120. They wrote out 175 using red boas. How could I pass up hanging out with chicks like that?

FROM THE NORTHWEST HERALD: By JOSEPH BUSTOS -In 1836, Henry W. McLean built the first log cabin in what would become McHenry, the first county seat of McHenry County.

When the state Legislature created McHenry County in 1836, the county stretched all the way to Lake Michigan.

The city and the county are named for Maj. William McHenry, who served in the Black Hawk War in a spy brigade in the mounted volunteers.

William McHenry died as the county was being created, said Nancy Fike, administrator of the McHenry County Historical Society.

The county’s first courthouse was in McHenry and used to be in what now is Veterans Memorial Park. The former courthouse later was moved to the corner of Riverside Drive and Pearl Street, and is the building that now houses the Town Club.

The state, in 1844, created Lake County, and the McHenry County seat was moved to what would become Woodstock.

In 1854, the railroad came through town, and the area west of what is now Route 31 began to develop.

Wood and flour mills were the main industries in the latter part of the 1800s.

The mill pond separated the area into McHenry and West McHenry. There were two post offices, and people didn’t shop on Riverside Drive if they lived in West McHenry, Fike said.

The town used to be separated into two sections, with Irish Catholics living on one side and German Catholics on the other, she said.

“If you elected a mayor from one side, then you had to elect a mayor from the other side,” Fike said. “The town was religiously segregated.”

However, when the railroad came through town, it also led to a lot of tourist traffic and business people coming through.

The area turned into a tourist attraction for people from Chicago. The boating industry boomed at the turn of the century. Steamboats started going up and down the river in the latter part of the 1800s.

The village officially incorporated in 1872. In 1894, Landmark School opened, providing instruction for students in all grades.

In the beginning of the 20th century, summer homes started to pop up along the river.

“In the summer, business was booming,” Fike said. The area branded itself as the gateway to the Chain O’ Lakes.

The Fox River Dam was built in 1906 and raised the water level in the Fox River. The dam was replaced in 1959 with what would become the William G. Stratton-Thomas A. Bolger Lock and Dam.

Smaller subdivisions came in the 1920s, such as Wattles subdivision in the southern part of town and the McHenry Country Club subdivision. As the area slowly grew, McHenry became a city in 1923. McHenry High School East Campus was built in 1924 and was one of the first four-year high schools in the county.

The city opened its library in 1936 and then completed its sewer plant, which was a New Deal project.

The area started to grow faster after World War II. In 1948, residents decided to build a new grade school on the south part of town, but by 1953, Edgebrook School already had become overcrowded, so the grade school board decided to build an addition.

In the 1950s, the first major subdivision – Eastwood Manor – was built. The first strip mall was developed in the 1960s.

“The more reliance you had on the automobile, the easier it was for people to maintain homes that were a farther distance, and they didn’t have to live close to where they worked anymore,” Fike said.

Growth brought the need for more services. In 1955, a new firehouse opened. The second station, which is in Johnsburg, opened in 1963.

By 1956, another addition to East Campus was under way and a new junior high school was completed.

In 1959 and 1960, District 15 decided there was a need for more classroom space, and decided to build Hilltop and Valley View schools. Additions to Hilltop, Valley View and Edgebrook were approved in 1964.

In 1965, a new high school campus was approved by voters. West Campus opened in 1968.

By 1970, a second junior high school, Parkland School, was approved to be built.

In 1979, District 156 decided to make each high school four-year centers. Previously, East Campus housed freshmen and sophomores, while West Campus had the juniors and seniors. By 1984, each school was conducting its own graduation ceremonies.

The city’s first hospital opened in 1956, east of where the Riverwalk Center now sits. An addition was added in 1964, and a new emergency room opened in 1976.

Work on what now is Centegra Hospital – McHenry started in 1982, and the hospital opened in 1984.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MCHENRY!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjF1bG5LUcs&feature=related

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Nuts for brains! May 9, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 10:06 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

How’s about a little brain power people? Alcohol good for the brain? No, it’s not quite as dramatic as that, though scientists are reasonably sure moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of Alzheimer�s disease and other forms of dementia.

From article: http://www.aces.edu/dept/extcomm/newspaper/feb7a02.html

How? They’re not certain, although some suspect the benefits may stem from alcohol’s effect in expanding arteries and aiding blood flow.

“We do know that alcohol is able to prevent arteries from becoming narrower,” says Dr. Robert Keith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System nutritionist and Auburn University professor of nutrition. “And so the benefits may stem from the fact that the moderate alcohol consumption enhances blood and oxygen flow to the brain.”

The latest findings are from a study, conducted by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, between 1990 and 1999. It involved almost 5,400 individuals older than 55, none of whom displayed signs of dementia when the study began.

Of these participants, slightly more than 1,400 claimed to be moderate drinkers, while approximately 2,700 others claimed they consumed less than one drink a day. Approximately 1,110 participants were teetotalers.

In the course of the study, 146 participants developed Alzheimer�s disease and another 51 got some other form of age-related dementia. Based on these numbers, the overall risk of developing dementia was 3.7 percent.

However, the study revealed that while the risk was about 4 percent among nondrinkers, light drinkers and heavy drinkers, only 2.4 percent of moderate drinkers developed dementia.

When the data were adjusted to account for participants’ age, sex, blood pressure, tobacco use and other factors associated with mental decline, moderate drinkers, compared with nondrinkers, faced only 58 percent of the risk associated with dementia.

The study revealed moderate drinkers also faced a lower risk of vascular dementia, which occurs when blockages of the blood vessels within the brain cause recurrent minor strokes that undermine cognitive ability.

Despite the study findings, Keith says alcohol consumption is an issue that should be handled with extreme care.

While it is apparently true moderate alcohol consumption offers long-term health benefits, the window of opportunity is a very narrow, he says. Any alcohol consumption beyond 3 glasses a day would be considered heavy drinking that ultimately may undermine cognitive ability in older men. In addition, many people who consume alcohol even in the moderate amounts deemed healthy by the study may face an impaired ability to drive a car, thereby placing themselves and others at risk.

“It doesn’t make sense for someone to say, I’m going to drink one or two glasses of alcohol a day to improve my health and then endanger their own lives and those of others when they get behind the wheel of their car to drive home,” Keith says. “And besides, among some people, that one- or two-glass daily regimen could quickly develop into a five- or six-a-day habit.”

“Yes, there is good evidence that alcohol protects you against some forms of heart disease and even dementia, but too much of it is definitely bad for you,” he adds.

This, Keith believes, is one reason many government agencies have been reluctant to embrace alcohol as a health safeguard.

The Erasmus Medical Center study is one of several recent studies that have associated health benefits with moderate alcohol consumption.

Previous studies also have shown that a couple of drinks a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Experts attribute this to alcohol’s effect in raising HDL, the so-called good, or protective, cholesterol. Phytochemicals, abundantly present in red wine, also are believed to provide an added safeguard by protecting arterial walls against damage from arterial plaque that typically occurs in old age.

So let’s make our brain strong!

Brain Power
50ml Whisky
12.5ml Benidictine
12.5ml Sweet vermouth
Dash of creme de cacao

Shake ingredients and strain over ice into a rocks glass, Garnish with an orange slice.

Go nuts
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent poor memory. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains.

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