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Datebook: December 14 – First Explorers Reach South Pole 100 Years Ago

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Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen saw success chartering the North Pole and set to the south with a crew, in 1911. he set up camp at the Bay of Whales, donned Eskimo-style wool clothing and used skis and dog sleds for transportation. They departed from camp on October 19 with four sledges and 52 dogs. Using a route Using a route along the previously unknown Axel Heiberg Glacier, they arrived at the edge of the Polar Plateau on November 21 after a four-day climb. On December 14, 1911, his team arrived at the Pole (90° 0′ S). They arrived 33–34 days before rival Robert F. Scott’s group. Amundsen named their South Pole camp Polheim, “Home on the Pole.” Amundsen renamed the Antarctic Plateau as King Haakon VII’s Plateau. They left a small tent and letter stating their accomplishment, in case they did not return safely to their camp. They did return, however, on January 25. Amundsen’s success was publicly announced on March 7, 1912, when he arrived at Hobart, Australia.

It’s Wednesday, December 14

The Western Baptist Hospital Foundation offers sponsorship of a poinsettia or “Christmas Star” in honor or memory of a loved one. The poinsettia tree is in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. The suggested donation is $20 for a 6 inch, $40 for a 12 inch. An acknowledgement card goes on the poinsettia and another goes to announce the gift. See westernbaptist.com.

Enjoy Murray’s Playhouse in the Park’s production of The Sound of Music Friday and Saturday nights at 7, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Get tickets at playhouseinthepark.net. Take a canned good or non-perishable food item with you for the Festival of Lights at Murray’s Central Park.

LBL continues to offer permits, maps, and cutting guidelines for free Cedar Christmas Trees through Christmas Eve. Stop by the Administrative Office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday, closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Follow our holiday programming schedule at wkms.org. Enjoy today.

the morning cram [Mawage. Mawage is what brings us together today edition]

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It seems people are less interested in taking part in what Twain called the “the supreme felicity and tragedy of life”.

NPR reports the marriage rate in the country is at an all time low: Buttered Popcorn flavored jelly beans have a higher approval rating and those things are nasty!

Kentucky~ Beshear says it’s time to start working together.

Illinois~ Mississippi River  study underway. Tax breaks are now on the books! EPA says Illinois air quality is getting worse.

Tennessee~ National Guard starts suicide prevention services. Lawmakers don’t want you to know about their closed-door-conversations.

Missouri~  Senator Roy Blunt edges out other GOP big dogs to take the GOP vice chairmanship.

 

 

 

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