Another option for that end-of-year donation
As 2012 draws to a close, many of us will be considering our end-of-the year donations to various organizations and agencies. If you have never thought about donating to the Delaware County District Library, perhaps this year is the perfect time to do so.
The library has a “Buy-A-Book” program that will add a new book to the shelves for the small donation of $25. You can designate if you’d like the library to purchase a book for children, teens or adults, and you can make your donation in honor or in memory of someone special in your life.
Of course, larger donations are always welcome. A donation of $500 will buy a shelf of books, and a $1,000 gift will buy an entire bookcase.
The library will put a book plate in every book (or DVD or audio book) you purchase with the name of the person to be honored or memorialized, as well as acknowledging you as the donor. To make your gift-giving even more convenient, the library accepts most major credit cards. If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to “Delaware County District Library.”
Making a donation to the library is an investment in the future, and your gift will have a long-lasting impact as the book you purchased is checked out again and again by Delaware residents.
If you’d like more information on donating to the library, click on “Support Us” at delawarelibrary.org or call me at 740–363-7277.
Thank you in advance for your patronage!
How many paintings did Bob Ross create in his life time?
According to Current Biography, Bob Ross said he made more than 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. As he says: “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these paintings we do on television?’ Most of these paintings are donated to PBS stations across the country. They auction them off, and they make a happy buck with them. So if you’d like to have one, get in touch with your PBS station … we give them to stations all over the country to help them out with their fundraisers.” Before becoming a TV star, Ross was an Air Force Master-Sergeant in Alaska. There, he painted and sold gold pans. Later on, Ross taught lessons year-round, and he regularly gave free paintings to his students. Sometimes Ross kept his paintings, eventually donating them to charity. A couple of his pieces even found their way onto the black market. During the second season of “Joy of Painting,” a burglar stole 13 reference paintings from Ross’ van.
How does the Navy name its ships?
In 1819, the United States Congress placed the Secretary of the Navy in charge of naming ships —a power he or she still enjoys. Generally, names are compiled by the Naval Historical Center based on the suggestions of the public, sailors, and retirees, and from naval history. The Chief of Naval Operations formally signs and recommends the list to the Secretary. Ships named for individuals are christened by “the eldest living female descendent” of that individual. Commissioned ships are prefixed with USS, which stands for United States Ship. Though the convention had been in use since the late eighteenth century, it was not standardized or formalized until 1907, by Teddy Roosevelt. The Oxford Companion to Military History was the source of this information.
Why does a dog kick his back feet when scratched in a special spot?
Not much is known about this reaction except that it is called the “scratch reflex,” as noted in the Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health. If you run your hand over a spot of your dog’s skin that is irritated, or scratch too hard or too lightly, you are actually being counter-productive and creating an itching sensation. Nerves running through the chest and abdomen register your friendly touch as irritation, and the dog’s leg reflexively leaps into action, often haphazardly, to try and scratch the itch. The scratch reflex is a useful diagnostic tool. Veterinarians use it to test for spinal or nerve problems the same way they tap on human knees. If a dog does not kick at all in response to a thorough belly scratch, the vet has reason to look further into possible nerve damage.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!