guten Morgen! Today is Monday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2014. There are 86 days left in the year. It is National German American Day.
FYI: Observed since the 19th century, this day honors the contributions of German immigrants to US culture and history. Celebrated on the date in 1683 when 13 Mennonite families disembarked near Philadelphia, PA, from Krefeld. These families later founded Germantown, PA. The day is celebrated by all those who are culturally German from all parts of Europe. This special day had a boost in popularity when President Ronald Reagan became the first US president to proclaim it in 1987. ~ Information from answers.com.
Weather: Partly sunny, with patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s.
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Tumwater: Expect temporary lane closures on Old Highway 99 SE, at River Drive SE, through Thursday. A private contractor for CenturyLink, South Bay Excavating, will be installing fiber optic and conduit to a private business. Work will take place primarily on the east shoulder of the roadway, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays. Equipment will be off the roadway each evening. Call the City of Tumwater Public Works Department at (360) 754-4140 with construction questions or concerns.
North Thurston School District: School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Admin. building;International Walk to School Day Tuesday; Professional Day, no school Friday.
Olympia School District: School Board Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Knox Admin. building, Board Room; Teacher In-Service Day, no school Friday.
Rainier School District: Late Start, 10:25 a.m. Wednesday; All week is “Spirit Week at Rainier High School.
Tumwater School District: School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, District Office, 621 Linwood Ave SW; ACT Day Friday, 75-minute early release.
Yelm School District: Late Start Wednesday; School Board meeting w/Study Session, 5 p.m. Thursday, Yelm Community Schools Board Room, 107 First Street N.
What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.
Lacey Chamber of Commerce: Business afterhours event at Nisqually Red Wind Casino, from 5:01-7 p.m. The Lacey Chamber of Commerce invites you to join Chamber members, businesses, and guests at this month’s free 5:01 Surge! It’s a great networking opportunity. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Lacey Chamber of Commerce office, at 360-491-4141.
Candidate Forum: The True Grassroots Action Committee will host a candidate forum for District 2 and District 20 candidates, as well as the candidates for Thurston County Commissioner and Assessor, at 7 p.m., at the Yelm Moose Lodge, 1117 Yelm Ave. W. The forum is intended to reach the rural population and encourage folks to get out and vote.
October South Sound birthdays
Tyson Christopherson: Turns 17 on Oct. 8
Rebecca Schatzer: Turns 16 on Oct. 10
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1. “The Front Yard Forager” by Melany Vorass Herrera
2. “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein
3. “One Summer: America 1927” by Bill Bryson
4. “An Event in Autumn” by Henning Mankell
5. “Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier
Today in History
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 6, 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of his plans to reorder the ethnic layout of Europe – a plan which would entail settling the “Jewish problem.”
On this date:
In 1683, 13 families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in Philadelphia to begin Germantown, one of America’s oldest settlements.
In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 1889, the Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to the public.
In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, a movie featuring both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.
In 1928, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.
In 1949, U.S.-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison. (She ended up serving more than six.)
In 1958, the nuclear submarine USS Seawolf surfaced after spending 60 days submerged.
In 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.
In 1976, in his second presidential debate with Democrat Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford asserted there was “no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.” (Ford later conceded that was not the case.)
In 1979, Pope John Paul II, on a weeklong U.S. tour, became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Jimmy Carter.
In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.
In 1989, actress Bette Davis died in Neuilly-sur-Seine (nu-yee-sur-sehn), France, at age 81.
Ten years ago: The top U.S. arms inspector in Iraq, Charles Duelfer (DEHL'-fur), reported finding no evidence Saddam Hussein’s regime had produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991. The Senate approved an intelligence reorganization bill endorsed by the September 11 Commission. Israelis Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko and American Irwin Rose won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama said al-Qaida had “lost operational capacity” in Afghanistan after a series of military setbacks and vowed to continue the battle to cripple the terror organization. George Papandreou was sworn in as Greece’s new Socialist prime minister. Americans Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith won the Nobel Prize in physics.
One year ago: International disarmament experts began dismantling and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the equipment used to produce it. At least 51 people were killed in Egypt when security forces and Islamist protesters clashed during a national holiday. Tiger Woods beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time.
Today’s Birthdays: Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 75. Actress Britt Ekland is 72. Singer Millie Small is 68. The president of Sinn Fein (shin fayn), Gerry Adams, is 66. Singer-musician Thomas McClary is 65. Musician Sid McGinnis (TV: “Late Show with David Letterman”) is 65. CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves is 65. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 63. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 60. Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy is 59. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 51. Singer Matthew Sweet is 50. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 48. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 48. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 48. Actress Amy Jo Johnson is 44. Actress Emily Mortimer is 43. Actor Lamman (la-MAHN') Rucker is 43. Actor Ioan Gruffudd (YOH'-ihn GRIH'-fihth) is 41. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melinda Doolittle (TV: “American Idol”) is 37. Actor Wes Ramsey is 37.
Thought for Today: “The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.” – Andy Warhol, American painter (1928-1987).