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CHICAGO (June 25, 2012) – The 2012 Most Beautiful Eyes Contest from Prevent Blindness America launches today. The national contest allows children across the country the chance to win a $10,000 educational scholarship.
Starting today through July 31st, 2012, parents of children ages zero to 17 are encouraged to enter their child in the Prevent Blindness America Most Beautiful Eyes Contest by submitting a photo to the Prevent Blindness America Facebook page at facebook.com/preventblindness. The contest is sponsored by Marchon Eyewear, Eagle Eyes® Optics, Real Kids Shades (RKS) and Walters Golf.
“Keeping our children’s eyes healthy has been a top priority since our organization was founded in 1908,” said Hugh R. Parry, Prevent Blindness America president and CEO. “Through the Most Beautiful Eyes Contest, we hope to remind parents of the important role that healthy vision has in a child’s development and potential performance in school.”
Lancaster County will host a variety of events in celebration of Independence Day this year.
The events, beginning Friday and running through July 7, include carnivals, a variety of food and entertainment, patriotic concerts and numerous fireworks displays.
A look at the scheduled Fourth of July celebrations:
By Marlene Cimons
Special to The Washington Post.
When James and Rebecca Ortega of Alexandria, Va., brought their newborn daughter, Avery, to the pediatrician for her
first visit last December, the doctor plotted her height, weight and head circumference on a growth chart, a standardized graph that gives parents a picture of how well their child is growing.
The Ortegas were surprised to learn of their daughter’s seemingly disproportionate size: Her height was in the 75th percentile, her weight in the 50th, and her head relatively huge — in the 98th percentile.
“I immediately thought that she had elephantiasis,” a disease characterized by swollen body parts, Rebecca Ortega said. The pediatrician reassured the Ortegas that Avery’s head size and development generally were normal. Indeed, with age, Avery’s head has become more proportional to her body.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2012—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging residents of coastal states to plan ahead this hurricane season and minimize the potential for foodborne illness in the event of power outages, flooding, and other problems that could be associated with weather emergencies.
“As you prepare your home for hurricane season, remember to protect food from being exposed to contaminated water or unsafe storage temperatures in a power outage,” USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said. “When it comes to emergencies of any kind, planning ahead is always the best strategy to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness.”
Lancaster County mom Dawn Umstead captured fireworks over the city during Celebrate Lancaster festivities June 22. It’s a preview of great things to come as county residents join the rest of the country in celebrating America’s birth over the next two weeks!
As a writer, I am always in search of inspiration. I stay on the alert for people, places, and events that I can draw inspiration and creativity from. Sometimes inspiration comes to me like a thunderbolt from Zeus himself and sometimes, I need to dig deep for that inspiration. Thankfully for those times when an Olympian God is nowhere to be found and I need to dig deep, I have a letter from my art teacher.
When I was 9, I created the Ash Men. Born from my youthful mind, the Ash Men were a direct result of the superheroes I loved to read about and pretended to be like. They were powerful, full of personality I injected in to them, and to my eyes, artistic masterpieces. In reality, the Ash Men were mere pencil scribbles which somewhat resembled human figures shooting ray beams from their faces and hands. But I took great pride in not only creating the ‘Ash Men’ but great pleasure drawing them.
I not only created stories about them but drew them everywhere. On the backs of restaurant paper place mats, napkins, walls in the house (that was before my mom saw it…let’s just say that was the last time I did that), and on every piece of paper I could find.