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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Introducing the Official State Shellfish.........

Connecticut’s State Shellfish – Eastern Oyster

The eastern oyster is an invertebrate, which means that it does not have a backbone.

Instead, they create a hard shell that supports their body and protects them from predators.

Eastern oysters are found throughout the eastern coast of North America.

They live together in large colonies called beds.

It is possible for Eastern oysters to make pearls, but it is uncommon.

The type of oyster that is known for making pearls is called Pinctada. 

The eastern oyster is a favorite dish for many people that like to try adventurous foods.

Since they are such a popular food item, it is becoming harder to find them in the wild.

If you are interested in learning more about Connecticut’s state shellfish, check out Shell by Alex Arthur. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ike ~ Our 34th President

I was born in Texas and went to West Point Military Academy, joining the army upon graduating and becoming supreme commander during the Operation Overlord during the Battle of Normandy.  

I was the only president who served during both World War I and World War II.  

I establish NASA and helped Alaska to become the 49th state in the U.S.  

I was the oldest man to be president at my retirement at the age of 78.  

Who am I?

Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President of the United States
In Office
January 20, 1953 - January 21, 1961
Vice President - Richard Nixon

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Introducing the USS Nautilus SSN-571....

Connecticut State ShipUSS Nautilus SSN-571

The government first approved nuclear powered submarines in July of 1951.

On June 14, 1952 President Truman formally recognized the ship’s construction at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

The USS Nautilus SSN-571 became the first commissioned nuclear powered ship in the United States Navy.

This ship broke all records for submarine speed and distance at that time.

In July of 1958, this ship left Hawaii on a top secret mission to cross the North Pole.

This had never been done before by ship, and it was considered an impossible task.

On August 3rd 1958, this ship reached the geographic North Pole and made history.

If you’re interested in learning more about Navy ships, check out U.S. Navy Special Forces: Special Boat Units by Michael Burgan. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Give 'Em Hell Harry ~ Our 33rd President

I was born in Missouri, was a talented musician and debated pursuing music as a career instead of politics. 

I was a captain of an artillery unit during World War I, and during World War II, decided to drop atomic bombs in Japan.  

I was president during the Cold War and the Korean War.  

I was known for being well-dressed, having integrity, and being honest.  

Who am I?

Harry S. Truman
33rd President of the United States
In Office
April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953
Vice President - None (1945-1949)
Alben William Barkley (1949-1953)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Can you name the State Song of Connecticut?

Connecticut State Song – Yankee Doodle

On October 8, 1978, Yankee Doodle was adopted as the official state song of Connecticut.

The composer of this song is unknown.

Some historians believe that the song was originally written by an Englishman around 1755, to make fun of the poorly dressed New England soldiers.

When the Revolutionary war began, the American soldiers rewrote some of the words to make fun of the British soldiers.

The song cheered up American soldiers and became a source of pride for them.

If you’re interested in learning more about Connecticut’s state song, check out Connecticut by Sylvia McNair.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ice Cream! Ice Cream!

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday August 10th 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Come join us for the annual ice cream social this Wednesday at 1:30pm. 
in the Avon Library Community Room 

It’s a great time to cool off from the heat, enjoy a delicious bowl of ice cream from J Foster, and hang out with friends.  

Who could turn down free ice cream?  

This year we will even have a special guest appearance from Chompers the Yard Goat.  

Everyone is welcome for this community event.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

F.D.R. ~ Our 32nd President.......

I was born in New York, and went to Harvard College and then Columbia Law School.  

I suffered from polio, causing my legs to be paralyzed.  

I was the only U.S. president to serve for four terms and the only president to have a wheelchair.  

I brought the U.S. through World War II, the Great Depression, and New Deal policies.  

I was the first president to own my own airplane and 

I died during my last term as president at my home in Georgia.  

Who am I?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States
In Office
March 4, 1933 - April 12, 1945
Vice President - John Nance Garner
Henry Agard Wallace
Harry S Truman