Judge Rules Yoga in School Isn’t Religious
A California judge has ruled that yoga isn’t always religious, and teaching it in school doesn’t violate the separation of church and state. Some parents from a San Diego County school district where yoga is taught to children at nine schools had charged that the classes were unconstitutionally inherently religious. But Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer agreed with officials from the Encinitas Union School District, who said they teach yoga in a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance. Meyer emphasized that the school district stripped all cultural references from the classes, even changing the names of poses, so that, for instance, the lotus position was renamed the “crisscross applesauce” pose. The lessons are funded by a grant from the K.P. Jois Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes Ashanta yoga, but insists that the school classes aren’t religious. Meyer said the Jois Foundation’s involvement was troubling, but dismissed parents’ contention that it amounted to a stealth attempt to steer students to Eastern religion.
How To Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks
The Humane Society notes that pets can become overwhelmed by the noises and commotion associated with parades and fireworks. As a result, your pooch may try to flee during the loud noises. KC Theisen with the Humane Society says, “Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and smells than we are, so Fourth of July festivities can quickly become frightening. Provide them with a safe, secure place to stay while you enjoy the holiday.” Exprets suggest leaving a radio or TV on at a low volume with your pet in order to down out the jarring noises of fireworks. Additonally, experts say you can consult your vet about additional medications or techniques to help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. Four Your Paws Only (rt 16, North Conway) has Thundershirts and other calming products. (Humane Society)
Nathan’s Famous Hotdog Eating Contest
July 4 is the date of the annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Championship. Competitors will try to teat the most hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. The Women’s competition starts at 11:30 AM, the men chow down at 12:30 PM. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut who holds the Nathan’s record with 68. You will be able to catch all the action of ESPN.
Independence Day BBQ Tricks
1) Balance out the rub. When it comes to rubs, you don’t want any one ingredient to stand out. You want to make sure you have a well-balanced flavor profile. Memphis BBQ Company co-owner Melissa Cookston says, “It should taste, a little sweet, salty, acidic, and spicy so you are able to taste it from the tip of your tongue to the back of your throat.”
2) Pick your region. Cookston says, “Depending on where you were raised [the style] is probably what you think is great barbecue, and the sauce pretty much reflects that regionality.” Whichever you choose, go for one that will be the crowd pleaser.
3) Try tomato as a sauce base. All sauces are going to start with some sort of base. It can be vinegar, tomato or mayonnaise. Cookston’s personal favorite is a great tomato base, followed by adding a little vinegar, brown sugar, and some heat to spice it up.
4) Match the sauce with rub. Your sauce’s main seasoning agent should parallel the spices you are using in your rubs, as it will tie everything together.
5) Don’t jump the gun on the sauce. Sauce should only be applied in the final 15 minutes of cooking so it is not caramelizing or burning.
6) Take it off when it’s tender. Barbecuing can be a slow process, but if you want to make the effort worthwhile, you need to take the food off at the right time. “With barbecue you want to check for tenderness,” Cookston says.
Independence Day To Do List from AAA and VISA
– 78% of people will hang with friends and family this holiday weekend
– 65% of people will eat out this holiday weekend
– 46% of people will attend a fireworks show this holiday weekend
– 41% of people will go shopping this holiday weekend
– the average person will spend $28 on fireworks
INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS (courtesy of the Conway Daily Sun)
Conway Fourth Of July Celebration. The town of Conway holds a Fourth of July celebration with a parade on Main Street in Conway Village at 1:30 p.m. and entertainment in Schouler Park in North Conway Village beginning at 3:45 p.m., with fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Bretton Woods Salute to Freedom. Bretton Woods holds its fifth annual Salute to Freedom Independence Day Celebration. Visit with former Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt; enjoy demonstrations, musical performances and dance lessons, storytelling, barbecues, beverage tastings and family activities. The evening of July 4 will feature the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s fireworks display at dusk. For details call 278-1000 or visit www.omnihotels.com.Bartlett Fourth Of July Celebration. The annual Hellen Hayes Memorial Fourth of July Parade will be at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Bartlett. Awards are set for Hodgkins Park at 11:45 a.m. Music, games, a bouncy tent, snow cones and more will be featured after the parade with a barbecue at Hodgkins Park at noon. Volunteers are needed. For details, call the Bartlett Recreation Department at 374-1952.
Fryeburg Fourth Of July Celebration. Fryeburg holds its annual Fourth of July Children’s Parade at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. line up), starting at the main building of Fryeburg Academy and proceeding down Main Street to Bradley Park. Immediately after the Parade, the celebration continues in Bradley Park with free entertainment including: music, interactive play, prizes and contests. Nancy Ray and Audley Williams will perform in Bradley Park during the festivities. Contact Jean Andrews, 207-925-1163 or email@example.com for more information.
Ossipee Fourth of July Celebration. Ossipee Fourth of July Celebration includes a parade on Moultonville Road in Center Ossipee at 10 a.m.; Family Fun Fair at Ossipee Concerned Citizens on Dore Street in Center Ossipee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and food, music and fireworks from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at Constitution Park on Route 25 in Center Ossipee (Rain date for all events is July 5 at the same times).
Eastman-Lord House Museum Open. The Conway Historical Society’s Eastman-Lord House Museum is open for guided tours today from 1 to 4 p.m. Regular hours at the museum are from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment from May through October. Rooms in the 1818 Federal home are decorated in periods from 1818 to 1945. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted. Groups of more than six people should call ahead to insure that enough guides are on hand. The Museum is located in Conway village, on Route 16, across from the fire station. Call 447-5551 and leave a message. The office is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ossipee Old Home Week Celebration. Ossipee Old Home Week celebrations today include: Parade at 10 a.m., Family Fun Fair at Ossipee Concerned Citizens on Dore Street in Center Ossipee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. cruise night classic car gathering, 5-7 p.m. at Yankee Smokehouse in West Ossipee, and food, music and fireworks from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at Constitution Park on Route 25 in Center Ossipee (rain date for parade, fair and fireworks is July 5). For more information contact Ossipee Old Home Week Committee co-chairpersons Sue Simpson at 539-6322 or Anne Ward at 539-2696 or visit www.ossipeeoldhomeweek.com or www.ossipeerec.org.