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lohud.com

October 28, 2015

In the late 1800s, one of every four trees in our forests was the American chestnut. These stately native trees provided valuable and handsome timber, excellent firewood and plentiful, nutritious nuts for both people and wildlife.

The two dozen tiny trees (12-inch "plantlets") were planted in May at a 1-acre site on the Camp Fire Club's 232-acre grounds and will be monitored closely by federal officials over the next few years. "The trees are 99.9 percent pure American chestnuts, with the addition of one wheat gene" to protect the tree from the killing fungus, says Preston Bruenn, the club's Conservation Committee chairman who is also an ESF alumnus. The main lodge of the Chappaqua club was built from American chestnut in the early 1900s.

uniondemocrat.com

by Alex Maclean

October 27, 2015

The annual Fireman's Ball in downtown Sonora is a long-running tradition that predates the creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890 and even the start of the Civil War in 1861.

On Saturday, the Sonora Fire Department will present the city's 155th annual Fireman's Ball at the Sonora Opera Hall. However, the historic event that began in 1860 almost didn't happen this year.

townhall.com

by Christine Rousselle

October 27, 2015

A new study out of Tennessee is indicating that the universal preschool program in the state may be a complete waste of money that doesn't actually benefit the children enrolled and may actually harm them.

This study has similar conclusions as one in Quebec that examined low-cost daycare programs, as well as studies that suggest that Head Start has little to no academic benefits for the children who enroll in the program. In many cases, putting a child into a low-standards pre-k classroom led to a worse outcome than a child who didn't receive any care.

pathwaystofamilywellness.org

by Charles Eisenstein

October 20, 2015

I've been seeing a lot of news articles recently about parents being arrested and their children removed from their custody because they let them play unsupervised outdoors. The first thing I felt upon reading these stories was intense indignation.

Why is this happening? Why has there been this tremendous change from my own childhood, in which it was normal for us to wander far and wide, unsupervised, as young as 6 or 7? There are a few reasons. First, the decline of community. During my childhood, all the neighbors knew each other and would keep an eye on each other's kids. The boundary between home and not-home was more fluid, more gradual. The neighbor's yard or the cornfield at the end of the street was still home territory.

pathwaystofamilywellness.org

by Nanice Ellis

October 20, 2015

Traditional schools in the United States and many other countries are training grounds, intentionally constructed to prepare children for the System. Public and many private schools are designed to program children to be asleep, and stay asleep.

Our innocent kids are systematically programmed with worthiness issues, depression and the abhorrent need to fit in. Once a child is programmed for 12 or more years, he or she is well primed to move into the "real world" with beliefs and behaviors that feed and perpetuate a systematic agenda. Schools are structured so that rewards are given for following along, being good, doing as you are told, memorization and repetition. Punishment is given for speaking out, thinking for yourself and not following along.

ewg.org

October 19, 2015

Febreze Air Effects released 89 air contaminants, the third highest number released by any product tested. One of these chemicals is linked to cancer, another to neurotoxicity.

Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes...

lookfromabove.com

October 19, 2015

Numerous health professionals are evermore stressing the great health benefits of earthing.

Various studies have proven the healing effects of earthing, which has surprisingly been found to be more powerful than the use of antioxidants, pain killer medication, blood sugar regulators and at times even cancer medication. Earthing provides the body with natural balancing effects, which is done by shifting and stabilizing charged particles to and from the earth. Earthing is essentially ridding your body from free radicals, pollutants and heavy metals by discharging the body through direct contact with the earth.

kkla.com

October 17, 2015

Advocacy groups for homeschooling have blocked attempts to require homeschooled students to complete annual academic and medical tests.

The controversy started in 2003 when a New Jersey boy, 19, was found going through the neighbor's garbage. He was four feet tall and weighed 45 pounds. He and his three younger brothers were all homeschooled, according to The Pacific Standard.

jamaicaobserver.com

October 17, 2015

The Environmental Education Unit of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science, and Technology here has issued a challenge to journalists to cover climate change-related issues for a chance to win a trip to Paris.

The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to cover the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), scheduled for Paris in December, where world leaders will attempt to forge a legally binding agreement to keep the effects of climate change in check.

sfgate.com

by Jenna Lyons

October 11, 2015

California is now a "right to dry" state after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday restricting homeowners associations from banning clotheslines, which the groups deemed unsightly additions to neighborhoods.

Assemblywoman Patty López (D-San Fernando) announced Brown signed her bill, AB 1448, which will allow line drying for people once restricted by their property management organizations. "Growing up, my family and many of my neighbors used clotheslines as the way to dry their clothes and other laundry," López said in a statement. "Californians can now do their part for the environment while saving money on their electric bill by using the sunlight to dry their laundry."