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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Pumpkin Facts

# Where do pumpkins come from?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pumpkins are native to Central America and have been in the Western Hemisphere for approximately 5,000 years. They have spread, and can now be found growing on six continents. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
What are the top pumpkin producing states?

  The Midwest is a big source of the orange orbs. Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania produce the most pumpkins. Of those three states, Illinois leads the way. In 2008, the state produced 496 million pounds of pumpkin. Between 90 to 95% of the processed pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois.




# Where does the word "pumpkin" originate?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most believe that the word “pumpkin” comes from the word "pepon,” the Greek word meaning "large melon." Another word origin story is that French explorer Jacques Cartier said he found them when exploring North America in 1584. He called them “gros melons,” which was translated as “pompions,” which evolved into the word “pumpkin.”

Wait, melon? What do pumpkins have to do with melons? 

  Pumpkins are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. Other members of the Cucurbitaceae family include watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and butternut squash.

How big is the largest pumpkin ever grown? 

  The Guinness Book of World Records recently declared a new record large pumpkin. Swiss farmer Beni Meier grew a pumpkin that weighed in at 2,323 pounds. Meier clearly knows how to grow his pumpkins, as he also had ones weighing in 2,096 pounds and 2,102 this year, all of which break the record of 2,032 that was set last year. That is literally a ton of pumpkin.

The largest pumpkin grown in America, presented at the Half Moon Bay Arts and Pumpkin Festival in Caliornia this month, weighed 2,058 pounds.


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Indiana State Police Halloween Safety Tips

The Indiana State Police would like to remind parents of a few safety tips to observe during the Halloween holiday. Parents and children will be out in full force trick-or-treating and the Indiana State Police would like to remind parents that observing just a few rules will help can make the evening both fun and safe.

Costume Tips

•Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
•Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child's vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.
•Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Trick or Treating
•Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be.
•Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
•Encourage children to trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well lighted streets.
•Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.
•Follow your communities trick-or-treating hours.
Treats
•Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home.
•Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
•Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Remember to inspect fruits for anything suspicious.

Additionally, many communities, schools and churches offer children safe alternatives to trick-or-treating designed to keep children safely within parents' view. Some hospitals and schools allow children to trick-or-treat by going from room to room virtually eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the street after dark.

Motorists are reminded that they should also do their part in making Halloween safe for children. Make sure to drive cautiously including driving below the posted speed limit while in town during trick or treat hours.

Avoid talking on a cell phone or other distracting activities. Remember, excited children may dart out into traffic at any time without warning. Drive with your headlights on even during the daylight trick or treat hours so your vehicle is more visible to children.


 Have a happy and safe Halloween.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tessa's New Blog

My daughter, Tessa Is making a blog. She would love to have some followers. If you are a homeschool mom or child please follow her.
 Here is the link: Just a Small Town Girl


Her blog will be about homeschooling, books, her cat Honeybee, and etc...


** Please no dirty or negative comments on her blog**
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