Renting out a Refurbished Lease on Life LITTLE-KNOWN EFFECTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS What St cking Up on Bottled Water Does to Our Environment
As updates on COVID-19, or the coronavirus, circulate, people continue to stock up on various essentials, causing many grocery stores to sell out of things like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cases of water. Everyone has a right to keep their families safe, but when it comes to bottled water, that right unfortunately means that the environment will be impacted for years to come. In the last couple of months, I’ve seen several grocery stores sell out of bottled water. Some Costco stores have limited the sale of water to five cases per member. Let’s say each case has 24 bottles of water. If we multiply that by five cases, that’s 120 bottles per sale. To give you some perspective, CreditDonkey states that the average person spends $100 on bottled water each year with the average cost being $1.21 per bottle. That means the average person uses 83 water bottles yearly. So people are buying more water right now in a single trip to Costco than they usually buy in an entire year. Obviously, we aren’t concerned with the water itself but with its production and waste. To give you a clear picture, imagine a single-use water bottle filled with oil a quarter of the way — that’s how much is required to produce that one bottle. Furthermore, manufacturing a water bottle uses up to three times the amount of water that eventually fills it. After plastic water bottles are used, they end up landfills, abandoned on sidewalks, or floating in oceans or rivers. In recent years, Americans used 50 million bottles of water per year and only recycled 23% of those bottles. Each container can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaking harmful chemicals in the process. Depending on where these bottles are decomposing, their chemicals severely affect the environment around them. For example, marine animals that swallow small bits of plastic can experience ulceration of tissues as well as blockages in their digestive systems. Chlorinated plastic releases “Food & Water Watch states that tap water is monitored continuously and treated according to federal standards. If it’s found to be unsafe, water companies are required under federal law to notify the public.”
chemicals into groundwater, creating a host of issues for plants and animals that depend on that water to survive and grow. Phthalates and bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, additives leach
out of plastics when they decompose and severely disrupt the hormone system of animals. Furthermore, small plastic particles can cross cellular barriers, cause inflammation, and even enter into the placenta or the blood-brain barrier. Once inside these cells, they can trigger biochemical reactions and changes in gene expression.
While many people are stocking up on bottled water, very few realize their tap water is just as safe. In fact, by many standards, it’s safer than bottled water. Food &Water Watch states that tap water is monitored continuously and treated according to federal standards. If it’s found to be unsafe, water companies are required under federal law to notify the public. If you want to take extra precautions, a water filter can clean out any impurities circulating through your water system. In addition to having clean water, you’ll be spending much less on bottled water and, in turn, will significantly reduce the impact you make on the environment. We recommend HALOWater Systems because their products not only filter your water but also ensure it stays clean by running self-cleaning and backwashing cycles. If you have any questions or concerns about your water filters or want to explore your options, reach out anytime. While the coronavirus isn’t in Reno as of the time I’mwriting this newsletter, you should still take measures to keep your family safe from the cold or flu viruses in our area.
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If your child is between 3–5 years old, you’ve probably noticed that they’re becoming a lot more talkative. By the time children are 4, they can usually speak in 5–8-word sentences. That makes this age range the perfect time to get your child interested in reading. However, this can raise a lot of questions. For starters, the question of how to get your child interested in reading is almost more important than when you do it. You may wonder how much time you should spend reading with them, how intensive reading time should be, and if you should make everything involving words and letters into a reading lesson. While the answers to these questions will vary from child to child, there’s one goal that every parent should strive for when teaching their child to read: Above all, help them enjoy it. When your child starts kindergarten, learning to read will be a part of the curriculum. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to teach them to read earlier, though. If your child loves to read, it can make their learning experience much more enjoyable. WHEN SHOULD YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ? And How Should You Do It?
Have you ever walked through a park and seen a plastic bottle or wrapper lying on the ground? If so, did you pick it up and properly dispose of it? You might not have realized it, but in that moment, you took a small step toward keeping your community — and, by extension, America — beautiful! April is Keep America Beautiful Month, and folks who celebrate aim to help each community in every state stay clean and green. Created by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful, this holiday offers a perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work to better the place you live in. Here are three ways to show your appreciation for a green America this month. Volunteer for the Great American Cleanup. This event is one of America’s largest community improvement programs, with hundreds of thousands of people participating each year. In 2019, over 550,000 volunteers participated in the GAC to bring natural beauty back into their communities. 2020 marks this event’s 22nd year, and you can be a part of it this month! Volunteer your time with a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate or another community improvement program close to home. Do your part to clean up your parks and spread awareness today. Start plogging. If you’re passionate about staying active and cleaning up your neighborhood, then this is the perfect activity for you! Plogging combines jogging and picking up litter, which takes care of your health and keeps your community clean. Anybody can do it: Just throw on your running shoes, grab a bag, head out the door, and pick up any stray bits of trash you see on your morning jog or evening walk. Improve recycling through education. An important goal during Keep America Beautiful Month is to spread awareness about recycling. There are various ways to educate those around you about recycling and encourage them to do their part. At work, for example, you can volunteer to lead a recycling initiative by printing off guides and fostering discussions on why recycling is so essential. At home, you can make a commitment with your family to fulfill the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle. DO YOUR PART TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL AND MAINTAIN GREEN LIVING SPACES FOR EVERYONE
There are plenty of ways to help your child enjoy reading from an early age. One is to simply
read to them and make storytime fun. If the pig goes oink or the mailman has a funny, nasally voice, bring
those features to life. You can also have your kids
help you with daily tasks that require reading, like making a to-do list or shopping at the grocery store. When they’re helping you and having fun, it won’t feel like learning at all! Finally, the best way to make reading enjoyable for your children is to enjoy it yourself. Your kids watch what you do, and if they see you enjoying a good book, they’ll want
to read even more. Reading opens up the world to them, and with your help,
To discover more ways to participate in Keep America Beautiful month, visit their website at KAB.org today!
nothing will dull their love of learning.
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THE OLDEST LIBRARIES IN AMERICA A Story of Many Firsts
What’s the oldest library in America? It’s an easy question to ask, but it has an unexpectedly complicated answer. Before the Industrial Revolution generated greater interest in public services, a library’s function and purpose varied widely. Several libraries in the United States claim to be the country’s “first,” but for different reasons.
libraries throughout the colonies to encourage the spread of the Anglican Church. Not surprisingly, most of the libraries’ holdings were theological.
A Few More Firsts
During the 1700s, a few more “first” libraries were established. In 1731, Ben Franklin and a few others started the first subscription library in the United States. Members of subscription libraries could pay to buy books or borrow them for free. In 1757, 60 men founded the Library Company of Burlington in New Jersey, and Thomas Rodman received a charter from King George II to operate the business in 1758. The library still operates under that charter today. The Library of Burlington was the first library to operate out of its own building after a prominent resident donated the land in 1789.
Colleges and the Clergy
Some believe Harvard University hosted the first library in the United States. Harvard was the first university in the United States, founded in 1636, and clergyman John Harvard seeded the library with a 400-book collection. Soon after, however, Thomas Bray, another clergyman, began establishing the first free lending
By the People, for the People
In 1833, just as the Industrial Revolution was picking up steam, the Peterborough Town Library was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire, at a town meeting. It was the first tax-supported free public library in the United States and in the world. Not long after that, the Boston Public Library, known as the “palace for the people,” became the first municipal public library in the country. The Boston Public Library was also the first library to have a space specifically for children.
Out of all the “first” libraries in the country, these are the most probable progenitors of most libraries today — even if they weren’t exactly “first.”
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1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
12 large eggs, hard-boiled
1/2 tsp dill weed
Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish
1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced
Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.
In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites.
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INSIDE 1 The Bottled Effects of the Coronavirus
Keep America Beautiful Fostering a Love of Reading in Your Child
The History of Libraries in America Easy Deviled Eggs
Did You Spot These Movie Easter Eggs?
DID YOU SEE IT? 3 of Hollywood’s Best Movie Easter Eggs
This April, many kids will search excitedly for Easter eggs, but aside from the holiday treat, the term “Easter egg” has a fun alternate meaning when it comes to media. In this context, an Easter egg refers to a hidden surprise or message, and people often enjoy trying to find as many as they can. This spring, turn on some of these classic movies and see if you can spot a few of Hollywood’s Easter eggs yourself.
ocean. Their destination is unknown, and sadly, a treacherous storm sinks their ship. Three years later, their eldest daughter, Elsa, is coronated, and guests arrive at the castle. If viewers scan the crowd of visitors, they will see Flynn and Rapunzel from the 2010 Disney movie “Tangled.” (Notice the time difference?) The theory, confirmed by filmmakers, is that Elsa and Anna’s parents were traveling to Flynn and Rapunzel’s wedding. The connections continue with claims that the shipwreck in “The Little Mermaid” was their ship, and some even think that Tarzan’s parents were actually Anna and Elsa’s parents, who survived the wreck.
In 2002, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, created just that. The movie follows the life of Abagnale, who briefly appears in the movie himself to arrest DiCaprio, who plays a young Abagnale. Today, Abagnale serves as a security consultant and teaches courses for the FBI.
Indiana Jones and Han Solo Teaming Up
No movie franchises are as prolific as George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” but they also share another Hollywood connection. Both series feature Harrison Ford, who plays Indiana Jones and Han Solo, and the franchises make references to each other, including hieroglyphics in “Indiana Jones” that feature R2-D2, C-3PO, and Princess Leia, as well as a club named Club Obi Wan. Though “The Empire Strikes Back”was filmed before “Indiana Jones,” Lucas had Ford in mind for his next great story and gave Han Solo a bullwhip in reference to Indy’s famous go-to tool.
Disney Royalty’s Family Tree
Frank Abagnale Arresting ‘Himself’
At the beginning of Disney’s “Frozen,” released in 2013, Elsa and
At 15 years old, Frank Abagnale Jr. started his career as one of the U.S.’s most prolific con artists. Abagnale scammed the government out of money, impersonated pilots and doctors, and swindled banks, making his story seem like a Hollywood plot.
Anna’s parents leave
to journey across the
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