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February 26, 2014

Book designates special events

It’s probably not a popular stance to take, but I endure winter and seldom participate in outdoor activities. It’s too darn cold.

It is, however, a great time for me to dig into a good book or clean closets.

The truth is, thus far I have only cleaned my bookshelves, which get almost as discombobulated (a real word?) as my closets.

I have a hard time deciding what to throw away and what to keep. Some books I’d read again, if I had the time, and some I have not read yet but they interest me.

My “2002 Chase’s Calendar of Events” book comes in the middle somewhere — read occasionally, you might say.

Divided into months, days and events, Chase’s can be very entertaining and informative, like reading a dictionary. You never know what you are going to discover that you didn’t know, and each month has its own fun facts.

In the North Country, we can’t wait to say goodbye to February — but wait, it’s full of celebrations, according to Chase’s.

There’s Punxsutawney Phil, the presidents’ birthdays and roses and chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

But did we celebrate Bonza Bottler Day on Feb. 2? This occurs because “the number of the month matches the number of the day…and is an excuse to have a party at least once a month.” Must have been founded by a college student.

Lost Penny Day was on Feb. 12. Created to put pennies back into circulation, says founder Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith of Illinois, the idea is to collect all those pennies “stashed in candy dishes, coffee cans, bowls and jars, (put them) back into circulation…give them to a shelter or an agency that assists the homeless or a local Humane Society.” Koopersmith decided on that date because it is Abraham Lincoln’s birth date, and he is on the copper penny.

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