Saturday, September 28, 2013

Holidays for September 28th 2013

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species.

Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time.

Populations of white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.

During the next half-century, in addition to the funds they contributed for conservation and their diligent watch over the returning health of America’s outdoors, sportsmen worked countless hours to protect and improve millions of acres of vital habitat—lands and waters for the use and enjoyment of everyone.

In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era's heightened environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn't understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to play-in the conservation movement.

The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe's Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe's idea and created "Outdoor Sportsman's Day" in the state.

With determined prompting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, Fla., introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills.

On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in ensuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."

By late summer, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The response was dramatic.

National, regional, state and local organizations staged some 3,000 "open house" hunting- and fishing-related events everywhere from shooting ranges to suburban frog ponds, providing an estimated four million Americans with a chance to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports.

Over the years, National Hunting and Fishing Day boasted many more public relations successes, assisted by celebrities who volunteered to help spotlight the conservation accomplishments of sportsmen and women. Honorary chairs have included George Bush, Tom Seaver, Hank Williams Jr., Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, George Brett, Robert Urich, Ward Burton, Louise Mandrell, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Jeff Foxworthy and many other sports and entertainment figures.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.

Ask a Stupid Question Day

Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. It's your opportunity to speak up, and to ask all those questions you were afraid to ask. All those questions that you thought were too stupid or dumb to ask, have been piling up all year long. Today is the day to unload them. C'mon give it a try. Nobody will laugh......we hope.

This may be a stupid question, but I will ask it anyway...... Teachers say there is no such thing as a stupid question. Or, that no question is too stupid to ask. If this is true, then why do your classmates laugh when you ask a question? Yes, kids can be cruel. But, if you have a question, there's no better place to ask, than in the classroom.

Today's Quote: "Stupid is as stupid does". Forrest Gump
Movie of the Day: "Dumb and Dumber"
Other "Stupid" stuff:
  • Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.
  • This might sound stupid, but......
  • Do you think I'm stupid enough to fall for that (duh!)
  • Seen on a T-shirt "I'm with Stupid". Well, if that's true, how smart are you?

Origin of Ask a Stupid Question Day:
The roots of this special day goes back to the 1980's. At the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.Teachers created this day on September 28, If it fell on a weekend, they would celebrate it on the last day of the month.

Drink as Much Beer as Possible Day

Hops to it. September 28th is Drink as Much Beer as Possible Day.

This hearty holiday probably originated in the old time celebration of St. Wenceslas' Day. A tenth century Bohemian Duke, St. Wenceslas is known as the patron saint of Bohemians and brewers, as well as the main subject of the traditional holiday carol, "Good King Wenceslas."

Teetotalers may object to this occasion of overindulgence. Of course, root beer and ginger beer may provide an alternative. Or, folks might simply bake up some "Wonderful Wisconsin Beer Breads."

National Drink Beer Day

Today is National Drink Beer Day, although if you’re an avid beer drinker, you participate in the spirit of NDBD most days of the year. For everyone else, this should be a day where you put down that glass of wine or fancy cocktail, and pick up an American craft beer.

The craft beer movement is out of control right now. New breweries are popping up all over the country, archaic state laws are beginning to change that benefit the consumer and brewing community, and sales figures continue to rise by upwards of 15% year after year. It's definitely a great time to be a beer drinker in America.

So, on this National Drink Beer Day, as fall has just begun, it’s going to be "Prost!" and pumpkins for me. I’ve listed some of my favorite Oktoberfest and fall-style beers below, some of which are sure to find their way into my belly today

What will you drink to celebrate the most incredible “holiday” in existence, National Drink Beer Day?

Pawn It Off Day

Pawn shops hawk their wares on September 28th for Pawn It Off Day. This second-hand holiday reminds the rest of us to clean out our closets, sort out our junk drawers and rummage through our attics and basements for potentially resalable items.

September 28th is also the traditional feast day of St. Bernardino of Feltre, a 15th Century Roman Catholic friar, who has been called the patron saint of pawnbrokers and moneylenders.

Read a Child a Book You Like Day

Do you read to your kids? Do you read to your sibling's kids? Do you read to your friends' or neighbors' kids? Do you read to kids???

My personal experience with reading to children is that there are about five books at any given point in time with which the child is in love and will insist that you read to them over...and over... and over... and OVER... again. Well today is your day to choose the bedtime story and it gets to be a book that YOU like! While it may be tempting to read some Poe to little Johnny or Susie let's at least try to remain professional and keep the title age appropriate.

World Rabies Day

September 28th is World Rabies Day, an annual reminder to pet owners to vaccinate their animals against rabies and a yearly occasion for rabies awareness and education programs. Globally, many veterinarians and animal welfare organizations provide free or discounted rabies vaccination programs for orphaned, abandoned, feral , stray or otherwise unattended animals on this date as well.

Webinars, or online seminars, are offered each year on September 28th to provide education on rabies, insights into current rabies research and instructions for its prevention and treatment.

World Rabies Day was originated in 2007 by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other international health and animal welfare groups. This annual date is primarily aimed at raising global awareness of the public health impact of rabies.

What is rabies?
Rabies is a viral zoonotic (animal-afflicting) infectious disease that attacks mammals. Wholly preventable, rabies is primarily transmitted through saliva of infected creatures. This process may occur through animal bites, scratches or licks on areas with broken skin.

Many mammalian species may become rabid, or infected with rabies. These include bats, beavers, bobcats, cats, cougars, coyotes, deer, dogs, ferrets, foxes, goats, groundhogs, horses, mongooses, opossums, otters, rabbits, raccoons, sheep, skunks and more.

Rabies has been called the oldest recognized infectious disease. Documentation of rabies exists from the earliest human history.

What are the symptoms of rabies in animals?
The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system of infected animals. Symptoms may include agitation, aggression, anxiety, confusion, difficulty swallowing, drooling, fever, hallucinations, headache, insomnia, light sensitivity, paralysis, seizures, staggering, weakness and more. Rabies is usually fatal in animals, often within a few days after the first symptoms are exhibited.

Is rabies a health threat to humans?
Currently, rabies is a significant threat to human health, particularly in Africa and Asia, where more than 95 percent of all annual rabies fatalities are documented. In these two continents alone, more than 55,000 people die each year from rabies. Of these, more than half are children under age 15. Most of these rabies infections are attributed to rabid dog bites.

By contrast, in the United States, one to two humans may die from rabies each year.

How can rabies be prevented?
Animal vaccination is the secret to stopping rabies worldwide. Pet owners who faithfully have their animals inoculated can help. For this reason, most communities require pet owners to vaccinate against rabies each year.

"Vaccinating dogs and cats is the best way to protect pets and the public from contracting what is almost always a fatal disease once symptoms occur," said Dr. Larry R. Corry, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). "By taking this simple step, you help make for a safer, healthier pet, family and community."

In addition, individual veterinary practices decrease the spread of rabies through annual preventive inoculations.

"Local veterinarians play a key role in controlling rabies," explained Dr. Charles Rupprecht, chief of the rabies program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Family Health and Fitness Day USA

The 17th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 28, 2013. (always on the last Saturday in September.) The event's purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, YMCAs/YWCAs, malls, health clubs and other community locations. Local family health and fitness activities will vary widely based on the organization hosting the event and the interests of local families. Activities will be noncompetitive and may include walking events, low-impact exercises, health screenings, open houses, games and health information workshops.

Fish Tank Floorshow Night

Day in and day out our finned friends in the little glass houses. For years they have offered us the peace and tranquility of their lives swimming around in their fish tanks. Now it’s time to pay up. Return the favor. Put on a floor show for your fish.

Don’t be shy or embarrassed. Gather up the family and sing some songs. Dance a number or two.

Don’t have a fish? No problem, head down to the pet store and give those fish a show. The fish will enjoy it. If not, you can film it and place it on YouTube.

Kiwanis Kids' Day

The National Kids' Day Foundation and Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. Kiwanis International eventually assumed responsibility for the program and renamed it Kiwanis Kids' Day.

On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community's appreciation of and pride in its children. The actual program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, theater parties, free admission programs, poster contests, fishing derbies, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens.

National Good Neighbor Day

Ah, Good Neighbor Day. It's definitely a good thing. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. Therefore, it seems only fitting that one day a year honors good neighbors.

This day of recognition is not to be confused with other forms of "Good Neighbor Days". Stores proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" to promote sales, a wide range of organizations announce "Good Neighbor Days" to promote their cause, and local municipalities and governments proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" for a variety of reasons.

Rather, this day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!

In the early 1970's, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors.

In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.

Note: Rhode Island initiated a movement to pass a National Neighbor Day on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Action never materialized into a formal national proclamation or law.

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Join volunteers of all ages for NPLD’s 20th Anniversary. Celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and other public lands. Visit our special #NPLD20 webpages for more details. Also, make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds or sign up for our newsletter to stay posted!

NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.

In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event.

NPLD volunteers:
  • Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
  • Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails
  • Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
  • Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places
  • Contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country
  • Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.
  • National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage. 
Why is National Public Lands Day Important?
  • NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
  • NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and
  • NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

Today is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day! Did you know that 70% of a strawberry cream pie’s weight comes from the strawberries themselves? That's a lot considering that the fruit isn't even in season in September!

When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.

Find your favorite kind of strawberry cream pie or sample a selection to celebrate National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!