October 2016


Once The Leaves Fall Down

The hills dripped in bursts of sunset

Leaves turn a faint pumpkin shade

Summer slowly being drenched in fall

The chilly days start their invade

Abandoned roads that lead the way

Layered with the tears of a thousand trees

The animals make their way into the valleys

Protected from Octobers icy breeze

The smell of pumpkins sails through the air

Their carved faces displayed for all to see

The children run through the fields

Unaware of direction, unsure of where to be

After the sun sinks under the sky

The earth turns a reddish brown

October time has come around

But everything changes after the leaves fall down

-Nathan Zech

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4. Agent Orange Awareness Month.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced and passed a resolution making August Agent Orange Awareness Month>>>S.Res.248 – A resolution designating the month of August 2009 as “Agent Orange Awareness Month”

FROM SENATOR COLLINS: Increase Agent Orange Awareness (reprinted here with permission)

“Increase Agent Orange Awareness” Weekly Column Senator Susan Collins August 21, 2009 More than 8.7 million American men and women bravely served our nation during the Vietnam War. More than 58,000 gave their lives defending freedom, including 339 from Maine.

Some three and a half decades later, an estimated 2.6 million Vietnam veterans bear an awful legacy from that conflict – severe, debilitating, and even fatal health problems that have resulted from their exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that these health problems at times afflict not only just those who served in Vietnam, but also their children.

5. National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

6. National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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  1. October Fun Facts

October Facts

The 10th month of the year brings us Halloween, Columbus Day, and the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, October is the tenth month of the year. In early Roman calendar, it was actually the eighth month and there are 31 days in October ever since the since of the Roman emperor August. In North Temperature zone, the first frost happens, leaves change colors and leaves fall. By the time, most of the birds would have left for the South hemisphere to protect themselves from cold weather. However, in southern hemisphere, October’s weather is just like the northern hemisphere’s April weather. In October, farmers bring the last of the fall crops and ship them to other parts of the U.S. and also, many apples are harvested.

Below are some fun facts about October:

1. The birthstones for October are the tourmaline and the opal.
2. The zodiac signs for October are Libra (September 23 – October 22) and Scorpio (October 23 – November 21).
3. The birth flower for October is the calendula.
4. On October 1, 1896, free rural delivery of mail started in the United States.
5. On October 4, 1957, the first artificial satellite was launched by the Soviet Union.
6. On October 5, 1947, the first presidential telecast address from the White House was made by Harry S. Truman.
7. On October 7, 1816, the Washington (first double-decked steamboat) arrived at New Orleans.
8. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in America.
9. On October 18, 1867, The U.S. flag was formally raised over Alaska.
10. On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
11. On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state of the United States.
12. National Cookie Month
13. National Chili Month
14. National Pizza Month
15. National Dessert Month
16. Lupus Awareness Month
17. National Seafood Month
18. November 5 – World Teacher’s Day
19. Columbus Day – second Monday of October
20. October 31 – Halloween

2. Christopher Columbus.

3. Remember the Alamo! Sam Hoston inaugurated.

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