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  • Study says national parks boost economy in West

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study. Wyoming saw $723.3 million in spending by visitors to parks and monuments run by the...

  • Nonprofit brings attention to 1st American capital

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, may be dubbed America's birthplace, but North America's first colonial capital was actually established four decades earlier — and 400 miles away — in South Carolina. A Beaufort-based nonprofit is working to...

  • Keeping documents, artifacts safe when disaster hits

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Tim Blevins and Dennis Daily, who manage the special collections at the Penrose Library, carry small pocket-size planners at all times. When unfurled, they have access to everything they need to know in case of disaster - how to call FEMA and first responders, facilities layouts,...

  • Report: 1M visitors Oklahoma's national parks

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma's national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million. Oklahoma has thee national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Chickasaw National Recreation Area...

  • Some folklore tales told about Johnny Appleseed

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Some tales told in folklore accounts about the man known as Johnny Appleseed: — Wore his cooking pot as a hat to save having to carry it while traveling. — Extinguished a fire he had built when he realized mosquitoes drawn to the flames were dying. He didn't want to kill living...

  • Exhibit on real Johnny Appleseed will hit the road

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — If you picture Johnny Appleseed as a loner wearing a tin pot for a hat and flinging apple seeds while meandering through the countryside, experts say you're wrong. They're hoping that a traveling exhibit funded by an anonymous donation to a western Ohio center and...

  • Massachusetts national parks generateD $470M

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to national parks in Massachusetts spent nearly $470 million in 2013. The report from the National Park Service shows that nearly 9.7 million people visited national parks in the state last year, supporting nearly 6,000 jobs. Most...

  • National parks in Alabama record visitor increase

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The National Park Service reports that its parks and other attractions in Alabama saw an increase in visitors in 2013. The Park Service recorded 749,855 visitors in Alabama in 2013. That was up from 717,724 in 2012. The increase came even though there was a...

  • Cooking up a color-happy kitchen

    by KIM COOK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, said Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. "Pastel greens,...

  • Plant of the week: Blue false indigo

    by JULIE MCINTYRE summerlandgardens.com -
    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Common name: Blue false indigo Scientific name: Baptisia australis Type: Herbaceous perennial Height: 3-4 feet Width: 3-4 feet Blooms: May to June Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Moderate, drought-tolerant once established Preparing the soil:...

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