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Sunday, July 29, 2012
FRIDAY’S WORD was plage (PLAHZH). It means the beach of a seaside resort; a bright region on the sun caused by the light emitted by clouds of calcium or hydrogen and often associated with a sunspot. “Sunspots and other storm centers at the surface usually lie within vast regions of strong and tangled magnetic fields, called plages.”
SUNDAY’S WORD is intestine (in-TESS-tin). “News reports of intestine disagreements between the country’s two most powerful political factions led to murmurings that the country was on the precipice of civil war.” (Source: Merriam Webster)
Need to restock your bookshelves? The Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library will sell books from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group also has a large selection of VHS tapes and audio books, reference books, travel guides, records and cassettes, magazines and more.
Following are some reunions coming up:
• The Webster-Price reunion will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at Fresh Start Ministry Church, 337 Patrick Ave., Fieldale. Family and friends are expected to bring food.
• The John W. and Millie Shively Foley reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church, 6260 Elamsville Road, Stuart. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Beverages and paper products will be provided. Bring food and photos. If you have questions, contact Diane Foley at 930-4348.
• The Manning reunion will be Aug. 5 at the Axton Fire Department. Bring food to eat at 1 p.m.
According to an AAA Mid-Atlantic news release, a new federal report says fatal highway crashes increased in the first quarter of the year, and AAA is especially concerned about the risks for younger adults and senior citizens, who die in crashes more than other age groups. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an estimated 7,630 people died in vehicle crashes in the first quarter of 2012. That is an increase of about 13.5 percent over the 6,720 fatalities projected to have occurred in the first quarter of 2011. The increase may be partly due to higher traffic volume over the mild winter since people tend to drive more in good weather, the release stated. Younger adults are driving less, and more than a quarter of people under age 34 lack a driver’s license. Yet motor vehicle crashes still are the leading cause of death for young adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a new report, the CDC says that 22 percent of the nation’s motor vehicle deaths were among those aged 15-24, even though they represent just 14 percent of the U.S. population.
Summer is the deadliest time for young drivers. That season contains five of the top 10 worst days of the year for fatal highway crashes involving teens, based on AAA’s analysis of crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the release states. August is overall the deadliest month for highway fatalities in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle’s 2011 Crash Facts. Out of 764 highway fatalities in the state last year, 94 of them (more than 12 percent) happened in August. Senior drivers also require special attention thanks to their growing numbers. Virginia has more than 807,000 drivers who are 65 and older, about 15 percent of the state’s total number of licensed drivers. Seniors tend to drive carefully, yet, there were nearly 120 highway fatalities among senior citizens in Virginia last year, due partly to the large numbers of senior drivers, but also in some cases due to more fragile health, especially among drivers more than 75 years old.