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Posts from October 2012

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Today is Halloween. I'm sure you know that somewhere in the back of your mind. However, hope you go out and trick or treat soon.

You've heard that the Red Cross has created a plan in case there is a zombie apocolypse right? Yeah, it's true. Go to this website and see what I mean. 


After hearing about urban legends about the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar this December, the national Red Cross launched its SavingZombies website, which contains information on what do in various emergencies, a “go bag” video contest, and a “survivor’s journal.” The Red Cross assists people in all sorts of emergencies. So why not the zombie apocalypse, when the undead are staggering around the streets? That’s the premise behind a tongue-in-cheek website that has the twin goals of having a little fun and getting people more prepared for natural disasters.

Also, dentists have found a great way to make something good out of Halloween.  They are buying back candy from kids and they'll send it to the troops. Read on...

Cashing In On Halloween Candy


While most kids focus on trick-or-treating just in terms of candy, the more entrepreneurial types should know there’s a quick and easy way to turn their hauls into cash. The Halloween Candy Buyback program buys candy back from trick-or-treaters, with participating dental practices around the country doing the actual purchasing. One dental practice in New Jersey, for instance, plans on paying $1 per pound of candy that kids bring in on the days after Halloween. The candy collections are used in Operation Gratitude care packages sent to U.S. troops. In addition to thanking the military, the goal of the program is to get some of that excessive candy away from kids, whose teeth and waistlines surely don’t need more sugar. Troops can get cavities too, of course, which is why the program is also asking for donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste! Parents can check to find out which local dentist is affiliated with the candy-buy-back offer. The candy is sent as part of care packages that also contain toiletries, DVDs, CDs, video games, headsets, webcams, snack food and letters of thanks. Halloween Candy Buyback collected about 122,000 pounds of candy last year alone.

What are some of the scariest Halloween movies?
Hans and I both don't really like scary Halloween movies. We both agreed that "Sean of the Dead" is a good one. Here's the trailer below (there is some language)
Creepshow from 1982 is one that I was really scared of after I saw it. I was 11 years old.
This one came out when I was about 7 years old the commercial itself, creeped me out and I still don't like to watch it to this day!!!!

Here's a list of the top 25 movies.
Charlie Chaplin was our famous Tramp today. Keep listening tomorrow at 7:30am to win! We have tickets to see Roger Hodgson "The Voice of Supertramp" at the Luhr's Center in Shippensburg. Show is Friday, November 9th at 8:00pm.
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See the Fall leaves, Pay it forward, Delilah, Friday Toys
The WV Division of Forestry has announced that this weekend is the weekend to go and see the fall foiliage.  Here are a bunch of places where you can see the fall leaves...if you are a "leafy" (a term I just learned today).

WV Divsion of Forestry
Virginia State Website Autumn Guide
Fall Foliage Network
The Weather Channel's Guide

Pay it forward this year for your birthday!  My friend Mary Kate did something awesome for her 29th Birthday this year. She decided she didn't want gifts, instead she asked people to do a random act of kindness.  It's a movement called  "The Birthday Project".  The mission of The Birthday Project is to create a shift in the way people from all walks of life think about and celebrate their birthday. Neat huh? Well we have a listener, Melissa who is turning 13 and she's paying it forward in her own way.  For the 4th year in a row, she is hosting "Helping Hands for St. Jude" . Here are the details

Date:  Sunday, November 4th
Where: Martinsburg, Texas Steak House
When: 12:00pm
Who: Anyone who wants to make the life of a sick child brighter.
What to bring: Donations of
  • coloring books,
  • crayons & markers,
  • Monitary Donations,
  • sewing & craft projects,
  • kid friendly DVD movies,
  • small toys,
  • Get well cards etc
  • journals
  • reading books & magazines
For more information call: 304~724~7911

You hear Delilah every evening at 7:00pm on 97.5 WLTF and we were lucky enough to talk with her about her new book called "Arms Full of Love; Inspiring True Stories that Celebrate the Gift of Family". She was such a delight. Here is some of hte interview below! Here's a link for the book.

We interviewed Landau Eugene Murphy. He's the winner of 2011 America's Got Talent. He chatted with us this morning about his show tonight at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. Also here is our interview with Landau this morning. What a nice and talented guy! 

Here is the link for the Maryland Theatre.

Friday Toy Memory: Since we are near Halloween, we thought it would be great to highlight vintage Halloween costumes. I remember going to Toys R Us when I was a kid and picking out the costume that came in the box with the plastic mask. I also recall the mask had crudely cut out eyes and mouth holes that would invariable scratch the skin and the vinyl costume would tie in the back and was always too long. This is why they always suggested that costumes not be too long so that kids couldn't trip on  them. Ha! My favorite was Wonder Woman. See more costumes on e-bay here!

Hurricane Sandy is coming! She is most likely going to be a heavy thunderstorm with lots of winds by the time she reaches us late this weekend or early next week. Here is the link to the Weather Channel's coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
Oh yeah, the slapping spa trend that's happening in San Francisco. Do you think this constitutes slapping?
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All Halloween Thursday!
Today, in preparation for Halloween, we decided to cover all things Halloween...

At 5:45 we talked about great ways you can have a "Green Halloween". Some of these are pretty good ideas such as:

Add Green To Your Halloween!
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Green Halloween, a program of Green America, have partnered to provide communities with healthy, animal-friendly, and EEK-O-friendly Halloween events at 50 participating zoo and aquarium locations.  “Green Halloween events and booths will show kids and adults how to apply the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – to Halloween activities,” said AZA Senior Vice President Jill Nicoll. “From swapping conventional candy for healthier treats, to participating in green costume contests and making animal crafts out of recycled products, Green Halloween demonstrates how there are a number of ways to make Halloween fun and eco-friendly.” A list of participating zoos and aquariums can be found at If your local zoo or aquarium is not sponsoring a Green Halloween event, there are many great ways to also participate at home. Five tips to make your Halloween healthier and greener include:
  •     Always purchase new costumes? This year look for a local costume swap.
  •     Prefer to hand out treasures? Empty your kids’ pockets! Get inspired by the treasures they store – shiny rocks, feathers, sea shells. Stock up on these types of items and offer a choice.
  •     Looking for alternatives to conventional candy? Choose healthier treats that everyone from toddlers to teens will love including snack bars, organic lollipops, fruit snacks, or all natural gum.
  •     In the habit of buying new Halloween decor every year? Try exchanging old for new-to-you decor with friends and neighbors, or find decorations at your local Goodwill. Consider using edible items like pumpkins and other types of squash that can be turned into yummy soups and dishes after Halloween. Host a make-it-take-it decor party before the big day.
  •     Used to giving out handfuls? Cut back by 25%. Kids won’t notice the difference, but you’ll save money.
  •     Hundreds of other suggestions are available at, along with ways everyone can participate.

At 6:10am- We talked about Halloween candy. The tops of candy that was sold in 2011, our favorites, and other crazy intel. See the fun stuff below.

Best And Worst Halloween Candy


Before buying bags of candy for trick-or-treaters, brush up on which brands are on the list of best and worst Halloween candy, based on 2011:


Best    Worst   


1. KitKat 6. Snickers 1. Smarties 6. Dots


2. Starburst 7. Nerds 2. Raisins 7. Now and Later


3. Twix 8. Sour Patch Kids 3. Pencils 8. Hard Candy


4. Pop Rocks 9. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 4. Good & Plenty 9. Flavored Tootsie Rolls


5. Butterfinger 10. Crunch 5. Candy Corn 10. Bubble gum




More candy fun:
  • Candy sales for Halloween season 2011 were $2.3 billion!

  • 35 million pounds of candy corn were made last Halloween.

  • According, if you collect candy with a bucket while trick-or-treating you could come home with 9.5 lbs. of candy. If you use a paper bag, up that to 25 lbs. And a pillowcase has the potential to hold 47 lbs. of candy!

  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

  • Candy Corn was first made in the 1880s, and it was only made March through November.

  • Snickers was named after a horse owned by the Mars family – inventors of this perennial favorite.

It takes a special person to work in a career that deals with the paranormal. There are some jobsin the paranormal field that aren't all that unusual. Since we are sticking with an all Halloween more about the Popular Paranormal Jobs below...
As the time draws near for costume parties and Halloween, there’s a renewed interest in the paranormal among the general public. Some take the paranormal a little more seriously than others through jobs like ghost hunter, medium and metaphysicist, according to a new report. The work of people who delve into mechanisms we cannot currently explain include laboratory experimentation, fieldwork, analytical studies, phenomenological approaches, case studies, surveys and historical research. If spending your days working with the unexplained has you tingling, CareerCast suggests these year-round careers in the paranormal field:

Ghost Hunter – This more specialized brand of paranormal research focuses on locating and discovering the reasons spirits or energies exist where they do.
Medium/Parapsychologist – The term medium is derived from the person’s middle status, relaying communication from the dead to the living.
Metaphysicist Metaphysics is a philosophical outlook that strives for answers to the world’s unexplained mysteries.
Broadcast And Sound Engineer Electromagnetic phenomena is captured on digital recording devices and then analyzed on computers.
Photojournalist – Camera work is a vital component of the paranormal research field. Technological advancements require you to know your way around a wide spectrum of high definition and thermal imaging cameras.
Historian Understanding the history of a region helps to tap into the possible paranormal footprint.
Forensics Analyst – The ability to collect and break down evidence from the scene of a possible paranormal event is essential, but requires the skills of a scientist.
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Halloween Fun Facts, Pumpkin preservation, Thriller! and Please wash your hands!
Halloween Fun Facts!

We covered a lot of intel about what people do with candy for Halloween. Kids have a certain way they behave when it comes to their candy...check it:

  • 30% of kids report that they SORT their candy first when returning home with trick-or-treat loot, others:
    • Savor it (20%)
    • Share it (16%)
    • Stash it (14%)
    • Swap it (7%)

The rest of the fun facts can be found here!

More historical fun facts with a historical bent are here: use them to amaze your friends!

Do you carve a jack-o-lantern each year? After you get it all cut up and admire your work, it's hard to not to want to keep it around for a while. Well, it is a vegetable and not expected to be around forever. However, I just came across a cool "sciency" website that shows you which products preserve your pumpkin the longest. So you can gaze upon Jack's face for a few days longer.  Just so you know....Looks like the pumpkin fresh product and the regular pumpkin lasted longest.

Do you wash your hands after using a public restroom? We found a "Healthy Hand Washing Study" by Bradley Corporation. They talked to about 1,000 people and found lots of interesting tidbits. Such as...

62% of respondents admit they have simply rinsed their hands with water after using a restroom, an increase over the 2011 figure of 54%.

Top 3 Reasons For Not Washing were interesting as well...

  1. Used hand santizer instead
  2. There was no soap in the restroom
  3. No soap in the restroom
  4. No paper towels in the restroom
Read here for the whole study.

So for the 6th year in a row, people will do the "Thriller Dance" around the world at the same time. It's called "Thrill the World". Get ready for a global stomp! Thrill the World 2012 takes place on Halloween weekend. on Saturday, 27th October @ 7:00 PM GMT. (Sunday 28th in some times zones)
Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  Every October, since 2006, Funky Zombies across the globe gather to synchronize their watches and dance to the greatest selling record of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
Volunteer event organizers in cities around the world organize events using the Thrill The World leaders manual and Thrill The World tool box.
Anyone can organize an event! No age requirement or experience necessary! And there is no limit to the number of events in each city! Each event raises mony for a local or not-for-profit charity of their choice.

Brush up on your moves by watching the original Thriller Video below. LOVE!
Finally- in France over the summer, they started noticing these honeybees making blue and  green colored honey. So they finally figured out the culprit. Read what M & M's had to do with it here!
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He Texted! Punkin s for a cause and more!
Today we covered that Newsweek Magazine is set to print their last edition at the end of the year. After 80 years, it's kind of sad. Hans was saying that he'll miss the magazine at the doctors office. It's weird to think that weekly that has been around for so long will not be here in print form anymore. Wow. For those who are really concerned, it'll still be available in electronic format.

Pink Pumpkin Patch?
So get this. These farmers stumbled upon a pumpkin that has pink-ish flesh and skin. This is where Susan G. Komen comes into the picture. They commissioned farmers around the country to grow these pink pumpkins. When they sell the pumpkins, a donation of $.25 will be donated to organizations involved in research for Breast Cancer Awareness. Cool right? Would you buy one of these babies? Here's the story I found that explains it all.

Ladies, if you're single like I am, sometimes you just have difficult time figuring out what men mean when they say certain things. If you find yourself mis-understanding the men in your life (especially via text messages) you need to read this!!!
What is it about a man's text message that is so hard to understand? Apparently plenty, if you're a woman. If you're wondering what his text really means, head to You show the text, and the public votes on whether he's "into you," "not into you," or the "verdict is still out."  Wow. Let me know if it works for you!
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Top Halloween Costumes, Bad places for your iphone and more!
Hey it's Rona. I woke up with a headache today so I'm making this one kind of short.

What are you "going to be" for Halloween? I'm thinking of being the Morton's Salt Girl. Here's an example <===========on the left. It's not a popular choice so I know I will probably be the only one at the party.

Here is a list of the
2012 Top Halloween Costumes

Spirit Halloween retailer has officially opened its doors for the 2012 Halloween season, providing costumes and decor to suit all ghouls and goblins. From super heroes like The Avengers and Spider-Man to on-screen favorites “Adventure Time” and “Monster High,” Spirit Halloween has kids covered with this season’s top costumes. And for adults, the hit movie “Ted” will be battling it out with movies like the “Hunger Games” this October. Spirit Halloween says this year’s top costumes will be:

  1. The Avengers     
  2. Spiderman
  3. Adventure Time     
  4. Hunger Games
  5. Monster High     
  6. Ted
  7. Power Rangers     
  8. Angry Birds
  9. Batman     
  10. Zombies
If you're still stumped for a quick last minute costume look here for stuff you probably already have at home.

Last week, Fred --who is on our sister station 95.9 The Big Dawg, was telling us that once he laundered his cell phone and didn't realize it until the spin cycle. Yikes. Well that's not the worst place for cell phones according to a company that offers insurance for electronic products. You'll never guess the most dangerous place for an iphone...wait for it. It's not the bathroom with the whole toilet thing it's the KITCHEN!!!! Read more here.

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Recycled Toys, Silly things that we did as kids, Friday Toys
So I read this and it sounded interesting. How do you "make" water more healthy? 

Lady Gaga is quietly developing a
healthy water drink, according to The New York Daily News. The Haus of Gaga creative team is finishing up the multi-million dollar marketing campaign for the top secret project. Insiders report no one has even seen the prototype for the bottle. The speculation is part of Gaga’s plan is to lose the extra pounds she’s packed on with the help of the drink.
All week long, we have been giving away Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Changes. We've given you winterization tips. Here is the tip for today.
Keep the Juices Flowing

Replace vital fluids such as motor oil, differential fluid and transmission fluid according to the vehicle manufacturers' time and mileage recommendations.
Motor oil is an engine's lifeblood, reducing friction between moving parts and cleaning away harmful dirt and contaminants in the engine. Generally, drivers should use the lightest grade of oil their vehicle manufacturer recommends for the conditions they drive in. During the winter, this may mean an even lighter grade than usual. The right motor oil grade can save an average of three cents per gallon of gasoline.  Antifreeze/coolant is also important in colder temperatures to keep the engine from freezing.
Read more tips here.

Everything old is new again. Every year, companies come out with their top lists of toys for the holiday season. Kmart came out with its Fab 15 Toys List and now Walmart’s Top Toys for 2012 is here as well. You'll notice some very familiar names of older toys that have been given new life such as Furby, Hot Wheels, Nerf, and Monopoly! Speaking of toys, here's the Friday  Toy Memory
 We even posed the question as to what the name of the guy is in Monopoly (with the monacle...what's his name?). His name is Rich Uncle Pennybags and he has his own Wikipedia site.  Ahem, I digress...
Take a look at the Top 25 Toys and Video Games on this list.

Speaking of toys, here's the Friday  Toy Memory: Do you remember the green chalkboards? Do you remember actually getting a grade for your handwriting? Or maybe they called it "penmanship" when you were in school?

Either way, it's a time gone by. Sometimes you'll see a picture of paper that had the two solid likes with the dotted line in the middle like the one pictured at right and you'll remember those days of cursive and learning to make the very difficult cursive "G, S, T, and J". Don't you remember that? OR is that just me?
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Halloween Happenings, Great Book for friends of Breast Cancer Diagnosis
One of the first things I saw when I woke up this morning was the picture of Pink! on the cover of Shape Magazine. She's showing off her washboard abs. She says that she worked out 2 times a day with or without a trainer to get her post baby body back. Can I call her a B***H? I'm kidding. She looks great but who has time for that? Here's the link to an article and the pic is on the left.

Want to know what's up  for Halloween this year? Here are a bunch of cool things to do:

Haunted Cottage-Monday through Friday-- 1 hour tours of The Haunted Cottage which include paranormal investigating with ghost hunting gadgets every day at 1:00 PM. Call 304-885-0707 or go to

The 19th Annual Haunted Fairground will be held at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds in Charles Town on Fridays and Saturdays, through next Saturday, October 27th  from 7pm-11pm.  Proceeds will support local charities in Jefferson County.

Apolloween-Haunted Theatre at the Apollo Civic Theatre from 7 to 11 pm. All proceeds benefit the apollo civic theatre. — at Apollo Theatre.

Community Involvement for Kids Annual Haunted House! It's time to face your fears at the House of the Setting Sun. Follow the pumpkins to Green Spring, WV and get the YELL scared out of you!!!! Doors creep open on weekends from 7:30pm-11pm now through-Nov 3rd! Cost is $10 and there will be refreshments and souvenirs available. For more info call 304-822-4448.

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival is back for it's 33rd year!  We talked about all the fun for this weekend. Here are a few of the fun things that are involved with 4 Day event. Here is the website ( for all things Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival!
  • Maid Pomona and her court   
  • Arts & Crafts @ The Roundhouse of the. XXXIII Mountain State ...
  • Grand Feature Parade
  • The XXXIII Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival and. The Lions
  • Apple Displays and Contests
  • Photo Contest
  • 2012 Queen and Court
  • 9th Annual Baby Apple Seed Contest-...and so much more!!!
We also spoke with Dr. Sonja Faulkner. She's the author of "The Best Friends Guide to Breast Cancer: What To Do If Your Bosom Buddy Or Loved One Is Diagnosed". She had some really great advice. If you missed it, here's some of what you missed below! You can get the book here.

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So you think you're clever huh? I hate that sound!
Today we had lots of little gems in our show. We talked about how people are stupid enough to choose very simple bank PIN numbers. They also have the nerve to be surprised when someone figures out those PIN I.D. #'s for either their banking or even to unlock their cell phones.

Tech consultancy company DataGenetics has analyzed the popularity of numeric passwords. What they found confirms that most of our four-digit PINs are way too predictable. DataGenetics analyzed nearly 3.4 million leaked four-digit passwords – such as those used for banking or to lock your phone – and figured out which are the most popular. These are PINs you should not use, because they’re incredibly predictable.

Almost 27% of all passwords could be guessed by attempting just 20 combinations!
So out of the 10,000 possible combinations for four-digit codes, which is the most popular? Nearly 11% of the 3.4 million passwords were 1234. Other high frequency PINs are years and dates. Here are the most popular PINs:

PIN     Frequency     PIN     Frequency
1. 1234     10.713%     11. 9999     0.451%
2. 1111     6.016%     12. 3333     0.419%
3. 0000     1.881%     13. 5555     0.395%
4. 1212     1.197%     14. 6666     0.391%
5. 7777     0.745%     15. 1122     0.366%
6. 1004     0.616%     16. 1313     0.304%
7. 2000     0.613%     17. 8888     0.303%
8. 4444     0.526%     18. 4321     0.293%
9. 2222     0.516%     19. 2001     0.290%
10. 6969     0.512%     20. 1010     0.285%

Researchers also discovered other interesting patterns – people apparently prefer even numbers to odd ones. As for the least frequent PINs, 8068 was the rarest combination,

(used in just 0.000744% of those surveyed).

There are some sounds that just annoy you. One of those sounds for me is the sound of styrofoam when you open a package. Not the little peanuts but the big block of styrofoam that rubs up against the other piece and makes the awful noise. A new study from WEB MD says that it's your brain that hates that sound.

        Most Annoying Sounds from WebMD
A new study shows annoying sounds trigger a highly emotional response in the brain.  The results suggest that a heightened emotional response in the brain to certain unpleasant sounds may alter people’s perception of them.
The results, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, show the top 10 most unpleasant sounds
2. Fork on a glass
3. Chalk on a blackboard
4. Ruler on a bottle
5. Nails on a blackboard
Researchers say this spike in emotional activity heightened people's perception of annoying sounds compared with soothing ones, like bubbling water or a baby laughing.
The study also shows that sounds in the higher-frequency.
range of around 2,000 to 5,000 Hz were rated as most unpleasant. 
Check out this not so annoying sound...

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Hans Penmanship..., Jiffy TIp, Deer Carcasses, and more!
Today on the show I made fun of Hans. I posted this on Facebook because he wrote it and I couldn't figure out what it said. Look at the picture at the left and tell me what you think it says.  I'll tell you the answer below the  picture.

It says "Deer Carcass". Seriously. He comes from a long line of doctors. Not kidding. It must run in the family.

We gave our winter driving tip courtesy of Jiffy Lube this morning...

They say to
Amp Up the Energy!
"A weak battery is unreliable and may take longer to start on frigid winter mornings. According to the American Automobile Association, a battery can lose 35% of its power at 32° F and 60% of its power at 0° F.   Have the battery tested at the beginning of the season to make sure it has enough cranking power to withstand the cold. To minimize strain, start the vehicle with the heater, lights and window defrosters turned off." Read more Winterization tips here and listen for your chance to win a Signature Service Oil Change from Jiffy Lube tomorrow!

If you watch this little guy, Sponge Bob, you know he's funny. It's a kids cartoon that's made for kids BUT, there are times where you could easily think he's talking to the adults with his "adult" comments. Even though they are completely clean. Here are a few of them... ha! There are more here!

Top 5 SpongeBob Quotes That Sound Dirty But Aren’t

5. “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready!” – SpongeBob

4. “The line for the Tunnel of Glove is filling up.” – Nancy (fish girl)

3. “You’ll never guess what I found in my sock last night. Go ahead, guess! “ – SpongeBob

2. “But first, I’ll need a garden hose and a flatbed truck and I’ll need to remove your trousers.” – Patrick

1. “Go out and get yourself a case of the Krabbies.” – Mr. Krabs

By the way, if you want to hear a really cool version of this song, check out the Kelly Bell Band doing Spongebob Theme below! Love them!
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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Freeee Fallin
As you know, we are nearing election time. Have you registered to vote yet? If not, the Secretary of State Natalie Tennant wants you to do so. Tomorrow is the deadline. She came to the studio to talk about election and voting information for West Virginia Residents. Listen to our interview below and you can go to her website here.

Undoubtedly, by now you've heard of Felix Baumgartner who just broke the sound barrier by jumping from 24 miles into the earth's stratosphere.(right? you have heard of him haven't you?). Here are the details:

Baumgartner makes history with "Highest Ever Jump from the Stratosphere".

Felix Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, daring feat that may also have marked the world's first supersonic skydive. Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth.

See how someone recreated it with LEGOs below!

Also, all week long, we are giving away the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Changes after we give you the "Safe Driving Tip Of the Day". Listen all week long to win!

Today's tip:

Be Prepared.
A properly packed emergency kit is essential during the winter. It should contain a flashlight, extra batteries, water, flares, blankets, a shovel, a snowbrush, an ice scraper and tire chains where they are allowed by law. Kitty litter or sand can be spread under tires to get better traction when starting from an ice patch or in the snow.

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Passive Aggressive Notes, Love Notes, Friday Toy Memory...uh, notes

When Friday finally rolls around, you get it. You're pretty much done for the week. You just want to get your job done and roll out. For me, I love my job so I want to roll out after I've done all the stuff. That said, here's your blog for today.

This morning, Hans and I arrived to find a note in the studio that was cryptically written and the best we can tell is that it was meant to be inspiring for the day or to get us to connect with you guys more. In other words "Hey DJ's...think about your listeners by following this sage advice". <===========I won't post here what it said (I should because I'm pretty certain NO ONE ever reads this blog) but needless to say we had some fun on the air with it. Hope you heard it! :)

Speaking of little notes. Have you ever seen that website: If not, you should definitely check it out!

On the subject of other kinds of notes. Love notes. Hans revealed that he used to write his wife love notes (say it with me...
AWWWWW). Well if he still did it, he'd be in the minority...BIG TIME! Read on my little romantics to see what I mean...

A new survey reveals that a measly ONE in every 25 men still writes love letters. Instead, couples are turning to e-mail, text, and tweet sweet nothings to one another. In fact, a whopping 92 percent of men and 96 percent of women rely on e-mail to send a message to a loved one, while 89 percent of men and 97 percent of women express their feelings via text. Twitter isn’t as prevalent – but it still gets 39 percent of men and 43 percent of women to share their feelings. That kinda stinks doesn’t it? Here's the article.

Friday Toy Memory: This is not my memory but I asked a friend and I figured I should represent all those that like Star Wars (or should I say boys who liked Star Wars!).  The toy is a big old walking bug lookin thing called: "AT-AT".  If you still need clarification here's the wikipedia page for ya!  Here's a video that shows on in action<======I don't get it.

AT-AT day afternoon from Patrick Boivin on Vimeo.





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What would you do? Breast Cancer Survivor info
Just another day on the West Virginia Morning Show. Did you know that's the name of us sitting it the studio chatting? Yeah, it is. We still need to change that up on the website but you get the jist of it!

So this morning, I told the story of a friend who gave her dad a card full of money at a restaurant once. After their meal, he left the card and the money on the table by mistake.  She called the restaurant and they said they had the card. She came back for it 20 minutes later and the card was the only thing there. Argh! ...the cash was gone! It reminded me of a story I read of a waitress who found an envelope of cash...what would you do in this situation?

A Texas waitress returned an envelope full of cash to a man who accidentally left it behind after dining in her restaurant. Lizeth Naranjo, a waitress in El Paso, noticed the wad of cash in an envelope on the restaurant’s counter. She ran after the customer but he had already disappeared, so she stored the $138 in a drawer in the back of the restaurant in case he returned to claim it. Richard Rechy, 60, went back to the restaurant the following day with a faint hope someone had saved his cash, which he was going to use to pay off a library fine dating back to his time as a New Mexico State University student in the late 1980s. Naranjo said she recognized Rechy right away and produced his money.

What would you do in this situation? Would you return the money? Have you ever had someone return a full wallet or something to you?

Hans has been to the Maryland Rennaissance Festival before but I've never been--so he was telling me about what goes on, the food, the crafts etc. This morning he told us of being an underaged lad trying to get an adult to buy him a sword. That Hans. He's something else!  He did get the sword! Here's the link for the Maryland Rennaisance Festival running through October 21st. Listen tomorrow, we'll have one final pair of vouchers for you to win!

I just found out some interesting info about exercise and how it can affect you in the fight against Breast Cancer!

Click here for the full listing

Officials at the American Council on Exercise encourage breast cancer survivors to incorporate regular physical activity into their everyday routines. ACE officials said it has been showed physical activity helps prevent recurrence of breast cancer and increase survival rates. Regularly exercising has been found to provide a multitude of physical and psychological benefits, including improved immune function, improved sleep, reduced fatigue and cancer-related fatigue, enhanced happiness and reduced stress. ACE recommends breast cancer survivors interested in beginning an exercise regimen to: (Click here for the full listing)
  •     Always consult a doctor before starting an exercise program.
  •     Engage in aerobic activities at moderate intensity for a total of 150 minutes per week or vigorous/strenuous intensity for 75 minutes per week. A combination of both is also beneficial.
  •     Strength training that works the major muscle groups in both the lower and upper body is recommended two or three times per week. This also helps reduce the risk of developing breast cancer-related lymphedema.
  •     Stretch major muscle groups when aerobic and strength-training activities are performed.
  •     Allow time for healing after surgery and then evaluate arm/shoulder mobility before performing upper-body exercises.
  •     Avoid exercising on days of extreme fatigue or pain.
  •     Set short-term goals, especially if undergoing chemotherapy, to prevent loss of interest or motivation. Chemotherapy can cause nausea, which may lead to lack of appetite and then to low energy. Account for these times when you may feel weak in your goal-setting.
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Sesame Street fun facts, what's in your handbag?, New video game you're gonna lo
Welcome to the mid-week hump y'all!

Sesame Street has just launched their 43rd Season! WOW! Here are some fun facts from Mental Floss.

Sesame Street’ Facts

“Sesame Street” has kicked off its 43rd season. In honor of that, Mental Floss magazine has offered some amazing “Sesame Street” facts you may not have known or forgotten:

1. Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before season two.

2. During a 2004 episode, Cookie Monster said that before he started eating cookies, his name was Sid.

3. In 1980, C-3PO and R2-D2 visited Sesame Street. They played games, sang songs, and R2-D2 fell in love with a fire hydrant.

4. Mr. Snuffleupagus has a first name – Aloysius

5. Ralph Nader stopped by in 1988 and sang “a consumer advocate is a person in your neighborhood.”

6. Caroll Spinney said he based Oscar’s voice on a cab driver from the Bronx who brought him to the audition.

7. One of Count von Count’s lady friends is Countess von Backwards, who’s also obsessed with counting but likes to do it backwards.

8. Before Giancarlo Esposito was “Breaking Bad’s” super intense Gus Fring, he played Big Bird’s camp counselor Mickey in 1982.

9, How big is Big Bird? 8-foot, 2-inches!

10. “Sesame Street’s” resident game show host Guy Smiley was using a pseudonym. His real name was Bernie Liederkrantz.

11. According to Sesame Workshop, Elmo is the only non-human to testify before Congress. He lobbied for more funding for music education, so that “when Elmo goes to school, there will be the instruments to play.”

12. According to Sesame Workshop, all “Sesame Street’s” main Muppets have four fingers except Cookie Monster, who has five.

D'oh! During the show my phone rang and Hans had to grab my purse. Then he decided to give me grief about how heavy it is. I'm a girl, I need a giant sized handbag to carry my 'thangs'. It's very common for us gals to have an armload of all kinds of things when we carry our purses. Hans likened it to Mary Poppins. He said we have a full

For guys: Here's what new study said about women and their purses...

A new survey reveals the ten most common items found in a woman's handbag. Interestingly, 82 percent believe that the contents of a woman's purse says a lot about her personality and 42 percent say that going through a woman's purse is as intrusive as reading her e-mails or text messages.

Top 10 purse essentials
1. Money/cards (72%)
2. Painkillers (58%)
3. Makeup bag (54%)
4. Sunglasses (40%)
5. Feminine products (38%)
6. Diary/address book (33%)
7. iPod/mp3 player (20%)
8. Chocolate (10%)
9. Toilet roll (8%)
10. Underwear (4%)

Here's the story from the UK's Daily Mail.

There's a new game in town...based on an old 80's TV show;  Perfect Strangers!
It took more than a quarter-century, but someone finally turned the 1980s sitcom “Perfect Strangers” into a video game. The game is charming, nostalgic bliss set to the program’s theme song. In it, you'll control Balki Bartokomous as he tries to collect enough stars to help you achieve your dream. Failure results in a poorly pronounced version of said dream – and we won't spoil what happens if you collect all the stars!  Here's the link for the game.

My first go round, I only scored 37 stars as Balki. Boo.


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Cheap Art Score, Online hot spots, We make holes in teeth!
First off I have to say that when Hans Fogle and I get together, it's like a meeting of the most distractable minds EVER!!!! It's what makes us lovable. :) 

That said, somehow or another, we got into discussing the Cavity Creeps. Remember them? If not, here's the commercial. Say it with me "We Make Holes in Teeth, We Make Holes In Teeth"

We also discussed another childhood memory..."The Soggies". The antagonists who were out to ruin Cap'n Crunch cereal!

Now for the rest of the show...
Today on the show. We talked about the local person who bought a Renior painting  (pictured at left) amongst a box of other stuff at a yard sale in Harpers Ferry. She had no idea that it was the best 7 bucks she had ever spent!  Other items included in the box of stuff was a a plastic cow, and a Paul Bunyan doll. Apparently the painting had been stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. Here's a link to the story.

 Similarly, there was this story... A Concord, North Carolina, woman who bought a painting for $10 at a Goodwill store said the artwork fetched $34,375 at a New York auction. Beth Feeback said she bought the painting, Ilya Bolotowsky’s “Vertical Diamonds,” because she planned to paint over it with her own art, but a friend encouraged her to look up the name of the artist on the back of the painting and have it appraised by experts. The painting sold for $34,375 at Sotheby’s New York, meaning Feeback will receive $27,000. She said the money will go toward paying off debts and improving her home. Here's the picture (right) of what she found (looks kind of cheesy to me but hey, if it gets you over $20k, GO FOR IT!!!

I know when I get to work each day, I open up a slew of tabs. I start with work e-mail, gmail, facebook, our station's site etc. Well the Neilsen people decided to poll where people spend most of their time online. Hans and I were very surprised to find that AOL had a spot on the list. Huffington Post has to do with them I think so that would make sense. Here's the story and the list below.

Nielsen says last month, more Americans than ever had Internet access – an estimated 278 million Americans.

That’s over 88.4% of Americans, based on the census total population clock.
215 million of them (68.4% of the population) were active online, spending an average of 29 hours browsing. Where do they usually go? Nielsen says the Top 10 Web Brands are:

Brand     Unique Audience     Time per Person (hh:mm:ss)
1. Google     176,100,000     1:51:08
2. Facebook     158,123,000     6:53:46
3. Yahoo!     142,676,000     2:21:40
4. YouTube     132,676,000     1:54:10
5. MSN/WindowsLive/Bing     131,263,000     1:15:19
6. Microsoft     90,958,000     0:43:33
7. AOL Media Network     88,803,000     2:11:48 (are they still around?)
8. Amazon     81,034,000     0:33:43
9. Wikipedia     75,729,000     0:19:44
10. Ask Search Network     73,570,000     0:10:31
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Columbus Day? Meh.
As Hans put it. Columbus Day, Schlemumbus Day. Who cares. I wish I got a day off. Do I sound bitter? I'm really trying not's just that it's all of a sudden winter and I dislike very much. Whaaaa.

Okay, now that I'm done whining about the weather and having to go to work on a crappy day. How about some of the fun stuff you heard on our show this morning? It's great to have Hans in the studio so we can cut up and have fun in the morning with you. (I always feel like "with ya" is cheesy DJ talk but sometime's I'm cheesy)

On the show today:

At 5:45 you heard Dave Nadelberg from the Mortified Sessions. It's a great show on Sundance Channel and season 2 begins tonight!
Here's my interview with Dave Nadelberg. Good stuff! Tune in tonight!
6:15- We talked about the show Walking Dead on AMC. Hans is a big fan of the show and he's eagerly looking forward to the new season which starts next Sunday, October 14th. In the meantime, the producers have teamed up with the American Red Cross to do something fun with the zombie show.
"AMC will partner with the American Red Cross for a special promotion for the series. The promotion will be called The American Red Cross Zombie Blood drive and it starts this week and runs through October 22nd. For the campaign, there will be special “zombie-fied” celebrity photos that will run during the show in the form of custom Public Zombie Announcements or PZA’s. The PZA’s will encourage viewers to give blood to the Red Cross which would be helpful in the event of a natural disaster or say a zombie apocalypse. AMC is also putting together a sweepstakes for those who support donating blood to the Red Cross. The grand prize winner will get a set visit to “The Walking Dead” in Atlanta, Georgia". Click here for the link!    See the PZA below...

Here is a list of blood drives going on today and this week:
Williamsport American Legion--
Site: American Legion
400 American Legion Ave
Williamsport, MD 21795

RSMO Am Red Cross Hagerstown-- October 8th 1:00pm-7:00pm
Site: American Red Cross Hagerstown
1131 Conrad Court
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Donation Types: Blood
Notes: Please schedule your appointment to donate today.

Walmart--October 8, 9:30am-3:30pm
Site: Wal-Mart
501 Wal-Mart Dr.
Winchester, VA 22603

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races--October 9th from 10:00am-4:00pm
750 Hollywood Dr
Charles Town, WV 25414
Donation Types: Double Red Cells

Facebook is getting back to business. Now that they have reached 1 BILLION users (cray-zee if you ask my opinion) they are starting to sell gifts on the site to maximize marketing efforts. 
Think about it, you could have one billion potential new customers at your fingertips if you are a business.

Hear are some interesting little stats about Facebook users...

More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month. That’s double the 500 million it hit in July 2010.  August 2008 marked another big juncture, 100 million users. The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world’s roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union. So who are all those people on Facebook?

    Most Facebook users – 81% – live outside of the U.S. and Canada.

    Many of them log in on mobile devices rather than personal computers, and the company now has 600 million mobile users.

    The people joining now are young, with a median age of 22. It was 23 in 2010 and 26 in 2008 and 2007.

    Most of them are from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. They are unlikely to be from China, the world’s most populous country and home to its largest Internet population.

    Millions of them are not actual people. Facebook acknowledged in August that 8.7% of its then-955 million users may be duplicate or false accounts. At that rate, as many as 87 million accounts are fake.

    A user who signed up two years ago has an average of 305 friends. Someone who signed up in January 2006, when Facebook had 25 million users, now has nearly 600 friends, on average.

Now for the gift stuff on Facebook... Read more here!

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Simpsons, Mr Rogers, Friday Toy Memory!
I'm stretched in about 15 directions this morning. After all, next week, Hans and I are creating a brand new "West Virginia Morning Show" and there's a lot to do!

Did you hear about the thing with the Simpsons? Read more here! Do ya love the Simpsons? Do you love how they change the gag in the beginning of the show on the couch each time? If you have an idea for the couch gag, FOX wants to know! See the details here!

Friday Toy Memory: I totally remember  coming home from school (I was a latchkey kid at the time) and plunkering down to watch the ABC Afterschool special. The one I remember is "Please don't hit me mom"! Is that bad? What I didn't know is that this show went on for 25 years! Here is the wiki page that lists the many seasons and the movies that live in infamy!

We just watched Mr. Roger's neighborhood intro. I couldn't remember the order in which he changed the jacket or the shoes.

Here's Justin Timberlake in a leotard! So Funny.

Monday on the Morning Show: I'll be interviewing David Nadelberg of "The Mortified Sessions" on Sundance Channel. The new season begins on Monday night. Hope you can listen to us!
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Expensive Coffee, Talented Families, Presidential Debate Drinking Games
Happy Thursday y'all!

Do you love your morning coffee? Hans and I just wouldn't be the same without our coffee in the morning. I'm a person who wouldn't never spend more than a few bucks on coffee. These guys just developed something you might want to know about...

_ Get ready to rethink the way you brew coffee -- and the cost of it. A team of engineers who worked previously at Apple and at NASA designed the $11,000 The Blossom One Limited coffeemaker that brews coffee at just the right temperature. It's intended for commercial use in cafes and restaurants.  Looks kind of cool doesn't it?

Still doesn't increase the amount I'd spend for coffee...I'm cheap!

So we got started on this random musical family discussion this morning. I don't even remember how we started but we discovered there are a number of musical families that we all know and love such as: Hanson, Jacksons, Osmonds, Jets etc.
Take a listen to how our little stream of consciousness took us completely off track!

DId you watch the 1st of 3 Presidential Debates last night? We did but more importantly, we decided to focus on the drinking games that people thought up. The idea is that you have rules and you drink while watching the candidates try to get your vote. Here are two that we found.

Game 1  

Game 2

In our attempt to amuse ourselves, we watched a video of absolutely GROSS proportions. Epic Meal is a video series with a bunch of dudes who take food and cook it to extremes. Usually with lots of bacon, cheese, sauces, and booze. Watch at your own risk as they make an epic fast food lasagne meal from burgers (45 of them), bacon, meat sauce and more! Ew.

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Best/Worst for your heart, Halloween Masks, bacon wrapped breadsticks, You Go gi
Mornin. It seems to me that when we have foggy days, it just produces a fog in my mind too. I can't tell you the number of times that I forget what I was planning on doing on days when it's foggy. It's got to be in my mind right? If you can relate, drop me an e-mail about okay?!

I came across this study about best and worst cities for your heart. At least in Martinsburg, we aren't either list (if that's something you can boast about!?). See where some of the worst cities are on the list. Hmmm.

The Best And Worst Cities For Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. In 2008 more than half a million people died from heart disease. The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease. Every year more than half a million individuals will experience their first coronary heart attack. Your risk of developing heart disease may be influenced by environmental factors as well as a healthy diet. Men's Health graded 100 cities and determined the best and worst places for your heart. The cities were graded based on the cities death rates for heart disease. Additionally, rates for obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, the number of people who smoke and exercise were factored into the grades each city received. Environmental factors included the EPA statistics regarding air quality. San Francisco trumped the list at number one receiving an “A+” grade. Rounding out the top 10 best cities for a healthy heart were:

Aurora, CO (A+)     Minneapolis, MN (A+)
Seattle, WA (A+)     Portland, OR (A+)
Austin, TX (A+)     Boise City, ID (A)
Colorado Springs, CO (A+)     Oakland, CA (A)
Burlington, VT (A+)     

The ten worst cities for your heart were:

Tulsa, OK (F)     St. Louis, MO (F)
Cleveland, OH (F)     Baltimore, MD (F)
Buffalo, NY (F)     Charleston, WV (F)
Toledo, OH (F)     Birmingham, AL (F)
Milwaukee, WI (F)     Philadelphia, PA (F)

You have to be living under a rock to NOT know that the first of the Presidential debates is coming up tonight...if you didn't's what you need to know to watch it.
TIME TO DEBATE _ The first presidential debate is tonight (Wednesday). President Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney meet up at the University of Denver. PBS' Jim Lehrer moderates. It'll be about an hour and a half.

Also, have you heard about The political Halloween Mask Poll?

Sales of Halloween masks based on U.S. Presidents, and presidential hopefuls, have served as an unofficial election poll that has proven right every time since Clinton Vs. Dole, 1996. So does the fact that Obama mask sales far outnumber those of the Romney mask prove that he'll be re-elected come November? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Hmmm.

Bacon Wrapped breadsticks. Drool. I saw this recipe this morning. I think this would be great for a brunch. It seems pretty easy too. Bacon wrapped bread sticks

Undoubtedly, you've heard the story about the Anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston who received a critical piece of mail about her weight? She took to the airwaves for 4 minutes to respond. I think it was well done and she let anonymous writer have it! Goooo Jennifer! Read more at this link.
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Dude Foods,
I totally love food that's soooo bad for me. Especially when it's an invention!  Enter the Beer and Bacon Battered Deep Fried White Castle Sliders.  I needed to know more about these little batter fried bits of deliciousness. So when I read the first line of the article at "Dude" I was hooked!

"Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, I love fast food, but sometimes it just isn’t unhealthy enough?” No? Come on, I can’t be the only one who has ever had that thought! "

See what I mean? There is an entire blog about foods you shouldn't eat (and the praise of said foods), I was all over it. Hans and I discussed "Dude Foods" and other delights at 6:15 this morning.

Last night, Hans served as MC for the March of Dimes the Signature Chefs Event. He talked about a very inspiring young lady named Selena Jackson who was on hand to speak about how March of Dimes helped her. The goal was to $46,000  during the event through silent auctions and fundraising. Here is an article  including clips of Selena from Your4State.Com.

Is it me or do we already know that obesity is up in America? I thought we all knew that. Well, leave it to a new company to tell us what we already know. The Rand Corpoiration conducted a study that shows us that it's worse than we all thought. Pretty much, the study says that since the year 2000, obesity rates have grown exponentially. That's weird since, they've updated the food labels, the First Lady Michelle Obama had a Let's Move campaign, and even fast food has been forced to list the calorie count on their offerings...we still continue to gain. Read the article here<=====...then put down that burger! (kidding, I actually loooooove hamburgers).

We decided to take a poll to see if people go to the gym at all. I try to go at least 3-4 times a week. I have exercise equipment at home but I use it as a clothes hanger (I kid you not!). We put a poll on our facbook page. Feel free to take it and add some comments.
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New day, New Month, New show...sorta!
So now that October is here. Here's what we are celebrating this month... I've highlighted the ones that I'm excited about or have some interesting in learning more about.

October Promotional Calendar


Vegetarian Month National Sarcastics Awareness Month
Right-Brainers Rule Month National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Squirrel Awareness Month National Stamp Collecting Month
Raptor Month National Work And Family Month
Self-Promotion Month Organize Your Medical Information Month
Spinach Lovers Month Photographer Appreciation Month
Bat Appreciation Month Polish-American Heritage Month
Church Library Month Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Co-Op Awareness Month Talk About Prescriptions Month
Cut Out Dissection Month Workplace Politics Awareness Month
Financial Planning Month Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
Halloween Safety Month Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
Health Literacy Month Celiac Disease Awareness Month
National Chili Month Children’s Magazine Month
National Chiropractic Month Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Liver Awareness Month Eat Better, Eat Together Month
National Medical Librarians Month Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
National Orthodontic Health Month Improve Your Home (Oct. 1-Mar. 31)
National Physical Therapy Month Go Hog Wild – Eat Country Ham Month<== does that include bacon?
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month International Strategic Planning Month
National Reading Group Month National Animal Safety And Protection Month
National Roller Skating Month National Bake And Decorate Month
National RSV Awareness Month National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Positive Attitude Month National Crime Prevention Month
World Menopause Month National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month National Depression Education And Awareness Month
International Starman Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month National Down Syndrome Month
Gay & Lesbian History Month National Family Sexuality Education Month/Let’s Talk!
German-American Heritage Month National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month National Go On A Field Trip Month
Long-Term Care Planning Month National Protect Our Hearing Month
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