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San Diego Chargers Schedule – Chargers Games to Watch This Season

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The San Diego Chargers are ready for the 2011-12 football season with an all-star lineup and recharged goals. As one of the more consistent teams going into the season, the Bolts are largely favored to win the AFC West and are one of the strongest early contenders to have a shot at playing in the Super Bowl in Indy this winter. The Bolts have tons of returning players ready to finally capture an AFC title and Super Bowl berth this season, and they’ll get the chance as the 2011 season unfolds if they can get off to a good start and stay healthy. There are plenty of games on the San Diego Chargers schedule to watch this season, including the following.

Week 2, Chargers at Patriots:

The Chargers have a tough schedule this year, starting right away with a Week 2 melee in Foxboro at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots. The Chargers have for the last couple seasons gotten off to a slow start during the regular season, but they can’t afford early losses to AFC competitors like the Pats this year if they want to ensure a postseason berth.

Week 3, Chiefs at Chargers:

It was the Kansas City Chiefs and not the San Diego Chargers that won the AFC West last season and qualified for the playoffs, and football fans better believe the Bolts aren’t about to let that happen again this year. This season it’s personal for the Chargers, who will face their first divisional rivals of the regular season in this Week 3 matchup at Qualcomm Stadium.

Week 5, Chargers at Broncos:

Everyone’s waiting to see what the Denver Broncos will look like this season with a new coach and ongoing quarterbacking issues, and the Chargers will put their AFC West foes to the test in Week 5 at Denver. The Bolts have quite a few tough road games on the schedule this season, and this one on Oct. 9 will give the Chargers some major confidence if they can pull a W.

Week 7, Chargers at Jets:

The New York Jets have given the Chargers some stiff competition in the postseason over the last few seasons, and a big battle of the AFC heavyweights will come into play in Week 7, when the Chargers travel to the New Meadowlands. Former Chargers Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson have been big assets to the Jets roster since leaving the West for the East last season, and that will add more fuel to the fire behind this Week 7 matchup. NFL ticketswont’ stick around for a potential AFC Championship Game preview.

Week 14, Ravens at Chargers:

The Chargers have a consistently tough schedule that won’t let up during the final weeks of regular season play. San Diego faces Baltimore on Dec. 18 at home, welcoming the AFC rivals to Qualcomm in what could be a preview of the AFC playoffs. The Chargers and Ravens are two of the dominant teams in the AFC, and this Week 14 faceoff could determine how things might swing in the following month during the playoffs.

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Target Recalls Circo Kids Camping Combo for Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Circo Children’s Space Camp Combo Pack

Units: 1,500

Importer: Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The floor of the tent failed a flammability test and poses a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recall involves one model of the Circo Space Combo pack, which includes a children’s tent, sleeping bag, backpack and a headlamp. The tent is green and dark blue with planets, stars and figures printed on it. The packing box has the UPC number: 490911500926, DPCI: 091-15-0092.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and online at www.target.com from September 2010 through October 2010 for approximately $25.

Manufactured in: Bangladesh

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tents and return them to any Target store for a full refund or store credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.target.com

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In Flanders Field

In Flanders Field at the Butler Institute of American Art

In Flanders Field, Robert Vonnoh, On display at the Butler

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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Federal Grants to Fight Emerald Ash Borer available for NE OH Communitites

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COLUMBUS, OH – Federal grant funds totaling $600,000 are available to communities impacted now or in the future by the emerald ash borer (EAB) in 61 Ohio counties, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry. Grant funding, which requires a 50 percent local match, will support the removal and replacement of publicly owned ash trees by cities, villages and townships.

“These funds provided by the USDA Forest Service will aid local jurisdictions in the response and recovery of urban forests from EAB infestations,” said David Lytle, state forester and chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry. “Removing hazardous and soon to be hazardous trees from public streets and restoring lost canopy cover are the primary objectives of this grant program.”

Since the emerald ash borer was first discovered in northwest Ohio in 2003, millions of ash trees have been killed by this devastating invasive insect, which can claim the life of an otherwise healthy, mature tree in as little as one year. Due to the insect’s spread, many Ohio communities are now confronted with the costly expense of dead ash tree removal and replacement.

Communities in the following counties are eligible to apply for these Ash Removal and Canopy Restoration grant monies: Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Madison, Mahoning, Meigs, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton, Warren, Washington and Wayne.

To access Ash Removal and Canopy Restoration grant instructions and application forms, go to http://www.ohiodnr.com/default/tabid/23073/Default.aspx or e-mail drew.todd@dnr.state.oh.us or call (614) 265-6707. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than close of business on December 15.

Healthy, safe and functional trees improve our cities and towns by enhancing clean air and water, increasing property values, reducing erosion and stormwater runoff, providing wildlife habitat, moderating temperature, lessening energy demands, and offering year-round enjoyment. For more information of the many benefits of trees, urban tree care and this grant program, visit www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.

Ohio grows more acres of trees than corn and soybeans combined. The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Erie Canal Heritage Center

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WATERFORD, N.Y. – In the town of Albion, New York, a tugboat lounges in placid waters, secured by its mooring ropes. Nearby, a sage-green bridge appears in soft focus across the same waters—those of the Erie Canal.

A peaceful stroll along the canal banks at Albion is just one of the many attractions that the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor offers. This water-based network of communities in upstate New York is a fine travel destination. Read this week’s article in the National Park Getaway travel series, and you’ll find that in addition to tranquil vignettes like the scene at Albion, the Erie Canalway boasts history and outdoor recreation.

Ride on a canal boat, check out locks and bridges, and wander through towns like Seneca Falls, where an old knitting mill still stands. Go for a bike ride on the Erie Canalway Trail, where you can pedal through delicate morning mist and gaze at the rich greens (or—in autumn—yellows, oranges, and reds) of the trees that border the famous watercourse.

Reds and greens, historic towns and structures: the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is saturated with local color. Visit www.nps.gov/getaways to start planning your navigation of the waterway, as well as to access 69 previous Getaway articles.

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The Rich DO Invest Tax Cuts in the Economy

Real numbers. Tax cuts for the wealthy do Boost the economy.

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NPS Let's Go Outside! Flickr Group

This summer, get out into nature and see some wildlife – in your backyard, at a local park or on a nearby national wildlife refuge.  You will create family memories to last a lifetime, and if you take your digital camera, you can capture these memories and share them through a new Flickr group called “Let’s Go Outside.”

Hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the “Let’s Go Outside”[http://www.flickr.com/groups/1385215@N24] group allows Flickr users to upload images of themselves, their family and friends outside in nature.  You can use Flickr’s Map function to identify where your photos were taken and see the places where group members explore nature.  You can also describe where the image was taken and what it was like, blog about particular photos and your experiences in nature, and chat on the Flickr Discussion board with other group members about their favorite places to go.  You can even upload images from your cell phone.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Let’s Go Outside” initiative encourages children, educators and parents to get outside and enjoy nature and wildlife.  To learn about activities in nature, including the basics of digital nature photography, visit http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside.

You can also visit the “Let’s Go Outside” web site to locate one of America’s 550 remarkable national wildlife refuges and discover what nature has to offer.  Most metropolitan areas are within an hour’s drive of at least one wildlife refuge.  But experiencing nature can also be as convenient as visiting a local state park, bird watching in your backyard or even taking a walk around the neighborhood to admire wildlife.  Watching wildlife is an extremely easy, fun and free way to enjoy the environment, spend time with family or just to relax.

“Let’s Go Outside” strives to promote environmental awareness while reconnecting Americans with nature – encouraging healthier lifestyles and helping to ensure future generations appreciate the natural world around them.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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2011 Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest

COLUMBUS, OH –The 2nd Annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest is underway, challenging resident photographers to enter their best snapshots of a nativedragonfly or damsel fly. The winning photograph will be featured on the second Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to be issued March 1, 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The contest is open to Ohio residents, ages 18 years and older; one cash prize will be awarded to the winning photographer. Young photographers, age 17 and under, also are encouraged to submit their photographs of these winged jewels. The winner in this category will receive Web and print recognition.

The $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp will be available for purchase online beginning March 1, 2011 at wildohio.com. By purchasing the stamp, you will be supporting restoration of endangered and threatened wildlife species, research projects, land purchases and conservation easements, and educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.

“The Legacy Stamp is a great way for anyone who supports wildlife causes to make a direct investment in the future of Ohio’s diverse wildlife population,” said Jim Marshall, acting chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Each year, a collectible stamp depicting a different animal will be issued to highlight the diversity of Ohio’s natural world. Last year, Russell Reynolds from Lima won the inaugural contest with his photograph of a male Baltimore oriole. Discover more about the stamp by visiting or calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Contest details:

  • Open to Ohio residents, ages 18 years and older.*
  • One cash prize totaling $500 will be awarded to the winning photographer.
  • Youths up to 17 years of age may submit photos for Web and magazine recognition.
  • Photos must be submitted by mail to be eligible— electronic images will not be accepted. Photo submissions will be accepted by mail between August 1 and August 22, 2010.
  • Each photo must be accompanied by a completed entry form and $12 submission fee.
  • Complete contest rules are available at wildohiostamp.com.

*Employees of the ODNR and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Help Keep the Wild in Ohio and enter your best photo of a native dragonfly or damselfly in this year’s Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site atwww.ohiodnr.com

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When Deer Collide: Motorist Safety

HARRISBURG –Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today urged motorists to stay alert and slow down when driving after dusk and before dawn to reduce their risk of colliding with a .

“Each spring, deer congregate on the grassy areas along the state’s busy highways, and cover greater distances in search of food,” Roe said.  “This activity makes vehicle collisions with deer all but inevitable.

“For the sake of public safety, the Game Commission is asking motorists to watch for deer and to drive defensively after dark and before sunrise, which is when deer are most active.  Your efforts can help to keep accidents to a minimum, which, in turn, will reduce or eliminate hardships to your family and other Pennsylvanians.”

Roe noted that being more knowledgeable about deer can help Pennsylvanians steer clear of a deer-vehicle collision. For instance, in spring, young deer – last year’s fawns – are on the move as does chase them away to prepare to give birth to this year’s fawns. Yearling does usually travel no farther than necessary and will often later reunite with the doe after her new fawns begin traveling with her. However, young bucks typically disperse farther to set up their own home range.

“Unfortunately, these young deer make tragic mistakes when crossing roads in spring and moving through areas unfamiliar to them,” said Roe. “They’re no longer following the leader, they’re moving independently. And that increases the potential for an accident, especially in areas harboring large deer populations.”

If a deer steps onto a road, Roe said, motorists should slow down and come to a controlled stop as soon as possible, and turn on their hazard flashers.  Stopping may not be an option on busy highways, unless the driver can reach the shoulder of the road.

“Don’t risk trying to drive around a deer,” Roe said.  “Since deer usually move in single file, more deer may be following, so you should stop, or at least slow down, to make sure all deer have passed.

“Also, deer sometimes abruptly reverse their direction right after crossing a road.  This is a defensive mechanism that often kicks in when deer are startled, and they retrace their footsteps to other deer they’re traveling with or return to an area they’ve already checked for danger.”

Deer in northern counties spend a good deal of time in spring feeding on the tender shoots in grassy areas alongside busy highways. Motorists should slow down immediately whenever they see grazing deer along roads.  While deer dining next to busy highways and interstates are often not bothered by the traffic, deer along rural roads seem less tolerant and are more edgy.

“The only thing predictable about whitetails is that they’re definitely unpredictable,” Roe said. “The moment you think you have them figured out, they start showing you something new.

“However, we also know that deer are creatures of habit. If you see a deer-crossing sign posted along a road you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to slow down especially around dawn and dusk. These signs are placed in areas where deer have been crossing roads for years. Ignoring these signs is asking for trouble.”

Drivers who hit a deer are not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass.  To do so, they must call the Game Commission for a permit number within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer.

However, to report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

The permit number issued by the agency lets meat processors and law enforcement officials know that possession of the deer is legal, and not the result of poaching.  Antlers from bucks killed in vehicle collisions must be turned over to the Game Commission.

If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to stay their distance because some deer may recover and move on.  However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law enforcement agency.  If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.

Other tips for motorists:

  • Stay alert and don’t count on deer whistles or deer fences to deter deer from crossing roads in front of you. Deer can’t hear ultrasonic frequencies and there is no scientific evidence that deer whistles are effective.
  • Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulders of roads. If anything looks slightly suspicious, slow down.
  • Slow down in areas known to have a large deer population; where deer-crossing signs are posted; places where deer commonly cross roads or are struck by motorists; areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forests; and whenever in forested areas between dusk and dawn.
  • Deer do unpredictable things. Sometimes they stop in the middle of the road when crossing. Sometimes they cross and quickly re-cross back from where they came. Sometimes they move toward an approaching vehicle. Assume nothing. Slow down, blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. Stop if a deer stays on the road; don’t try to go around it.
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Gulf Oil Spill: Disaster Fund to Aid Endangered Areas

GULF OIL SPILL POSES UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE TO NATIONAL PARKS –
NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION LAUNCHES DISASTER RECOVERY FUND

DONATE NOW AT WWW.NATIONALPARKS.ORG OR TEXT “PARKS” TO 90999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2010) – The ongoing Gulf oil spill poses an
historic challenge to the national parks in the Gulf region, and beyond.
The National Park Foundation, official charity of America’s national parks,
today launched the National Parks Disaster Recovery Fund.  The public
outreach and fundraising campaign will support the National Park Service’s
response to the Gulf oil spill, and will also serve to create lasting
capacity to help national parks recover from future natural and man-made
disasters.  No funds raised will be used to mitigate the liability of any
responsible parties for the injuries caused by the oil spill.

“The federal government’s unprecedented response to the environmental
disaster in the Gulf is matched only by the desire of the American people
to help,” said Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife
and Parks of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  “Thanks to this effort
by the National Park Foundation, those who wish to help us protect national
parks threatened by the oil spill can do so.”

Strickland continued, “While donated funds will be available to affected
parks for immediate needs throughout the disaster as well as long-term
monitoring of the health of the damaged ecosystems, donated funds will not
reduce the financial obligation of those responsible for the spill.”

“This is a defining moment in the history of our national parks.  The
public is eager to support their national parks and the National Parks
Disaster Recovery Fund is an important way to take action,” said Neil
Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation.  “With an
increasing number of natural disasters like flooding, fires and hurricanes,
combined with man-made catastrophes like the Gulf oil spill, it is time
that we move strategically to make sure that our national parks have the
resources they need to recover.”

To support this effort, visit www.nationalparks.org or text “PARKS” to
90999 on your mobile device to make a $10 donation.  Funds raised between
now and July 1, 2010, will go directly to the impacted parks in the Gulf
and support critical and immediate needs as well as sustained scientific
study of maintenance of impacted ecosystems.

Parks in the projected path of the Gulf oil spill include:

Big Cypress National Preserve
Biscayne National Park
De Soto National Memorial
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Padre Island National Seashore

To learn more about ways you can help visit www.nationalparks.org or
www.helpparks.org.

For information about the national parks’ response to the oil spill please
visit: http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/oil-spill-response.htm.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
You are the part-owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured
landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites — all protected in America’s
nearly 400 national parks.  Chartered by Congress, the National Park
Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.  We work
hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect you and all
Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the
generations who will follow.  Join us – This is Your Land.
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