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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
TUESDAY’S WORD was alleviate (uh-LEE-vee-ayt). It means relieve, lessen: to make (as suffering) more bearable; to partially remove or correct. Mom suggested that ibuprofen and tea would perhaps alleviate some of the misery of my cold.
WEDNESDAY’S WORD is picaresque (pik-uh-RESK). “His specialty was the picaresque novel, which took the hero (with the reader happily perched on his shoulder) on a wild ride …. ” — From an article by Martin Rubin in The Washington Times, March 16, 2012
A kNOw More Block Party for Sexual Assault Awareness will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Uptown Farmers Market and Baldwin Block with free games and competitions for all ages. The event is sponsored by Citizens Against Family Violence. Activities will include:
• Egg toss and team water balloon toss.
• Men only: “Take a stand in her shoes!” team competition. Find a partner and bring your favorite women’s heels or shoes to “Take a Stand Against Sexual Violence.” Men’s teams will compete in three relays for best two out of three to win the prizes for the team.
• No Fault Walk ... Poster Walk: Three times around Baldwin Block to raise awareness of believing and supporting sexual assault survivors. There will be a $5 entry fee for this event to benefit CAFV. Bring walking shoes.
• T-shirts will be on sale for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Event shirts are $5. Size 2X to 4X will be $8. Contact Sandy Dawson at CAFV at 632-8701 for shirts or for more information.
Bring lawn chairs. Refreshments will be available.
Following is true or false data compiled by AAA Mid-Atlantic on saving on gas:
• Cash versus credit? You really don’t save that much if you pay cash for your gas.
False, says AAA. Some stations are offering a 5- to 10-cent per gallon discount if you use cash. To outwit their competitors and to win more customers, more gas stations are displaying two price signs: one for cash purchases and another for credit card/debit card transactions. But do you really save? According to AAA, “last year, debit/credit cards fees averaged 4.7 cents per gallon at gas stations and convenience stores. It gives a new meaning to ‘cash and carry.’”
• A lot of speculation is going on that speculators are driving up gas prices.
AAA states that is true. “Gasoline prices have risen more than 50 cents a gallon since the beginning of the year. Once again, many people are pointing the finger of blame at Wall Street investors and ‘noncommercial traders’ at the NYMEX known as ‘speculators,’ who continue to have an outsize impact on prices in the oil and gas markets.” AAA notes, “back in July 2008, crude oil futures soared to a record high of $147 a barrel. Prices doubled from a low of $69 a barrel some three months earlier. Pump prices followed suit, and skyrocketed to all-time record highs of $4.11 a gallon nationally in July. A subsequent ‘60 Minutes’ investigation on CBS in 2009 revealed approximately 60 to 70 percent of the oil contracts in the futures markets are now held by speculative entities.”
Friday is Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Doors will open for concessions at 5 p.m. Open mic starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the bands at 6:30 p.m. The performers will be Travis Frye & Blue Mountain, Highway 61 Bluegrass Band and Campus Tradition. A $3 donation helps fund the music.
Lots of people will be arriving at the center Friday to prepare for Saturday’s Regional Pig Cookin’ Contest that has entries from North Carolina as well as various parts of Virginia. Those vying for the best pork and pork barbecue are to start at 9 p.m. at the center with the judging to be Saturday morning and the pork ready to serve by 11 a.m.