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Datebook: June 27 – Siebenschläfertag

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In Germany, June 27 is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day). The weather on that day is supposed to determine the average weather of the next seven weeks. This is one of the most well-known bits of traditional farmers’ weather lore remaining in today’s Germany, but quite inaccurate in practice. Besides, if this were true, then the next seven weeks might be cloudy, dreary and wet. Let’s hope they’re wrong!

It’s Monday, June 27

The public is invited to a reception featuring University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips tonight from 5-7 on the 8th floor of the Trover Tower in Madisonville.  There will be opportunities to win items signed by Coach Phillips as well as other UK football memorabilia. Admission is free for members of the UK Alumni Association and 5 dollars for nonmembers.

The Calloway County chapter of the American Red Cross will have their Annual Board of Directors Meeting tomorrow night at 5 at the Weaks Community Center Dining Room in Murray.  The community is invited to attend.  Red Cross volunteers and donors will be recognized.

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes leads a 2.2-mile interpretive hike around Hematite Lake tomorrow at 11, weather permitting.  Halfway through, there will be a break for a quick meal, so bring lunch and a drink. The hike is free to all LBL visitors.  For more information, visit lbl.org.

Check out our interactive events calendar at wkms.org.

Good Read – Across the Universe

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Across the Universe
by Beth Revis

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Product Description:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Matt Markgraf says:

One of the most anticipated young adult novels of the year. Publisher’s Weekly raved about the first chapter, when it was released several months before the book. I caught a glimpse then and was floored by the vivid detail, the rich and colorful details and the easing into the ‘rules’ of the science fiction world. The story begins with young Amy being freezed in a cryochamber as her family attempts to flee Earth. The second perspective follows Elder, the young leader-to-be of the spaceship Godspeed. Things, of course, go awry and their paths cross. Both characters are believable and refreshing and the spaceship is a fascinating microcosm of an idealistic sustainable earth. Any fan of sci-fi with a little romance will love Across the Universe.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

June 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

the morning cram [rebuilding Japan edition]

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As Japan slowly recovers from the devastating March earthquake, Japanese citizens ponder the future of the country.

NPR reports in the midst of devastation and tragedy, opportunity for shaping the future of Japan arises.

Kentucky~ A man is ordered to put his gun away in a Paducah City Council meeting. 267 soldiers have returned to Fort Campbell. A man died when he was hit by a truck this weekend. Legalized Sandhill Crane hunting is fast approaching. Flood assistance is available for farmers (female and Mexican farmers too). One official thinks Kentucky will be the new China.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s Mayor may be limited to 2-year terms in the future. A man is charged with child rape.