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Datebook: January 20 – Richard Henry Lee Turns 280

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Richard Henry Lee was born on January 20, 1732 (and died June 19, 1794). He was an American statesman from Virginia best known for the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and his famous resolution of June 1776 led to the Declaration of Independence, which he signed. He also served a one-year term as the President of the Continental Congress, and was a U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as one of the first Presidents pro tempore of the United States Senate. He was also the great uncle of famous Confederate general Robert E. Lee. He famously said, “The first maxim of a man who loves liberty, should be never to grant to rulers an atom of power that is not most clearly and indispensably necessary for the safety and well being of society.”

It’s Friday, January 20

Land Between the Lakes offers an Eagle Viewing Van Tour on Sunday from 1 to 4:30. Spend the day visiting some of LBL’s eagle-viewing hot spots as staff members share tips on how to spot bald eagles in the wild. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Register by calling 924-2020.

The Humane Society of Calloway County seeks volunteers for next Saturday’s Fashion 4 Paws formalwear consignment sale. Volunteers are needed throughout the week to collect and transport dresses, hang up clothing by style and size, and set up for the sale. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, call the Humane Society office at 759-1884.

A free class on planning for a weed-free garden and lawn takes place tomorrow morning at 10 at the McCracken County Extension office. Susan Fox and Dr. James “Chip” Martin will discuss identifying and eliminating weeds and invasive plant species.

Find more about these and other community events online at, and thanks for listening!


Written by Matt Markgraf

January 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

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