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September 2, 2014

National Grandparents Day is Sunday Sept. 7th

National Grandparents Day is Sunday Sept. 7th.

National Grandparents Day has more than one origin. Some people consider it to have been first proposed by Michael Goldgar in the 1970s after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, Spending $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized, he made 17 trips to Washington DC over a seven-year span to meet with legislators.

Others consider Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience.

In any event National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Marian McQuade received a phone call from the White House to advise her of this event. Many people believe that National Grandparents Day was inspired by her efforts. A presidential proclamation on September 6, 1979, made this day official – it designated Sunday, September 9, 1979, (being the “first Sunday of September following Labor Day”) as National Grandparents Day.

August 30, 2014

LA Nails 1 will be closed Labor Day Sept 1, 2014

LA Nails 1 will be closed Monday Sept 1, 2014 for Labor Day.

We will open again on Tues Sept. 2 . 

Have a good weekend and be careful on the roads.

Why do we as a nation celebrate Labor Day? This article from Time can answer that.

 Here’s Why We Celebrate Labor Day – TIME

Here’s what you need to know about one of America’s most important holidays.

The first Monday of September means that white clothes are out, salesare in, summer holidays are over and classes begin. For many of us (but far from all of us), it’s a welcome day off of work or school, ahead of what is likely to be a busier month than the last.

But the Labor Day holiday has a storied past, one of violence and celebration, that’s embedded deep in the history of the American labor movement. And while it has spread around the world in different forms, Labor Day has distinctly American roots.

When did Labor Day begin?Here’s a quick primer on the meaning and history of the holiday.

The modern holiday is widely traced back to an organized parade in New York City in 1882. Union leaders had called for what they had labelled a “monster labor festival” on Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to Linda Stinson, a former historian for the Department of Labor (the idea for a general labor festival may have originated in Canada, which today also celebrates “Labour Day” on the first Monday in September). Initially that morning, few people showed up, and organizers worried that workers had been reluctant to surrender a day’s pay to join the rally. But soon the crowds began flowing in from across the city, and by the end of the day some 10,000 people had marched in the parade and joined festivities afterward in what the press dubbed “a day of the people.”

When did it become an official holiday?

The practice of holding annual festivities to celebrate workers spread across the country, but Labor Day didn’t become a national holiday for more than a decade. Oregon became the first state to declare it a holiday in 1887, and states like New York, Massachusetts and Colorado soon followed suit. Under President Grover Cleveland, and amid growing awareness of the labor movement, the first Monday in September became a national holiday in 1896.

Why is it on the first Monday in September anyway?

Labor union leaders had pushed for a September date for the New York demonstration, which coincided with a conference in the city of the Knights of Labor, one of the largest and most influential of the unions. The first two New York City Labor Days took place on the 5th of September, but in 1884, the third annual New York City Labor Day holiday was scheduled for the first Monday in September, and that date stuck.

The September rally would soon clash with International Worker’s Day on May 1, which arose out of what is known as the Haymarket Affair. On May 4, 1886, protesters in Chicago gathered to demand an 8-hour workday. Toward the end of the day, a peaceful demonstration devolved into violence when a bomb was hurled toward the police, killing one officer instantly and injuring others. The police responded by firing into the crowd, killing a still undetermined number of people. The incident enraged labor activists but also fueled fears in America that the labor movement had become radicalized, prompting a crackdown on labors groups: the bomb thrower was never identified, but four people were hanged for their alleged involvement.

In the wake of the Haymarket Affair, Union leaders and socialists declared May 1 as International Workers’ Day, and the day was and continues to be unofficially observed in the U.S. It’s also that date that most other countries officially or unofficially observe as a holiday in honor of workers. But when President Grover Cleveland moved to create a national labor holiday, he chose to avoid the thorny history of that May date.

So what’s the difference between Labor Day and May Day (International Workers’ Day) in the U.S.?

Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology at Wesleyan, described Labor Day as a “government alternative” to May Day in an informative interview with NPR about the Haymarket Affair. May Day may have helped promote the creation of a national holiday, but Labor Day is associated with a different significance. “May Day has always been linked to the demand for less work and more pay; Labor Day celebrates the ‘dignity’ of work,” Cutler said in the interview.

We have Monday off, but does the labor community still actually celebrate the holiday?

Yep. To this day there is still a major parade in New York City(and other cities across the country, large and small), and the #UnionStrong will probably make a big showing on Twitter. It’s true that union membership has been declining for years, but many of the challenges that faced workers more than a century ago are still being overcome today, whether by the growing movement for higher wages in the fast food industry or by overworked tech and finance employees calling for better hours.

“If there is anyone who needs to attend to the spirit of Haymarket, it is the American white-collar professional who works 10 hour days, including many weekends, and who has fewer paid vacation days than other white-collar professionals around the world,” Cutler said in the interview with NPR. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:05:13 GMT

June 14, 2014

Father’s Day 2014 Freebies and Deals

Best Father’s Day 2014 Freebies and Deals – ABC News

When you want to do something for a father on Father’s day, you don’t really need to spend a lot. There are lots of companies out there offering bargains and deals. Here are some sources:

ABC NewsBest Father’s Day 2014 Freebies and DealsABC NewsIf your dad or family does not enjoy free or cheap things, stop reading. But if they wouldn’t mind some free pasta or coffee, then read on. Here are some deals for Father’s Day 2014 weekend. Of …

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From barbecue to beer: 12 ways to feed Dad on Father’s Day – Salt Lake Tribune

From barbecue to beer: 12 ways to feed Dad on Father’s DaySalt Lake TribuneHearth on 25th is teaming with the Utah Brewers Cooperative, makers of Wasatch and Squatters beer, for a special burger and beer pairing menu. The menu is available for nine d …

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May 8, 2014

American Fork is the Most Affordable place in Utah!

That’s according to a survey just released by a Calif.-based Real Estate firm, which studied food, utilities, median home price, unemployment rates, adjusted median income and miscellaneous costs throughout Utah.

The results are in, and Movoto, a Real Estate company, says in the Beehive State, you’ll get the most bang for your buck in American Fork — and the city is proud.

The Home of the Cavemen ranked first among 53 communities in Utah with more than 10,000 residents, and 13 of the top 20 spots are in Utah County. The Citizenreported earlier this week that the unemployment rate in the county continues to be lower than Utah’s and way below the nation’s average.  

Payson and Eagle Mountain tied for second place. Spanish Fork, Springville, Lehi, Cedar Hills, Pleasant Grove, Saratoga Springs and Clinton followed. Highland, Lindon, Orem and Provo were also included in the second 10 of the rankings. Salt Lake City ranked No. 39.

American Fork Mayor J.H. Hadfield said there were many factors that went into the city’s top billing.

“I think it’s wonderful that somebody else recognizes what we try to do in the city,” Hadfield said. “There are many good things. The commercial base is exceptional. We no longer have to travel to do shopping. The cost of homes, cost of living, the cost of utilities make this a very nice community.

“What’s also important is the quality of life, library, recreation center, recreation programs, the arts. There are not many cities our size that have a symphony or a choral group. We even have a brass band.”

If you live in American Fork, you live in the most affordable place in Utah – Daily Herald Fri, 02 May 2014 23:16:59 GMT