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Songbirds are snowbirds!
Songbirds are snowbirds!

May 7, 2021 - The Biggest Week in American Birding, a very popular birding festival on the southwestern shores of Lake Erie, kicked off Thursday. It's virtual this year and only four days instead of one week but it's still a perfect time to get know little warblers, birds that provide sweet sounds of spring.

Word of the Day
educational: adjective;related to education, learning; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of May 03

additional: adjective; more, another, in addition to;
Deep freeze to ease

aerial: adjective; in the air
Helicopter on Mars ready for test flight

dandy: adjective; very good, cool;
Dandelion is a dandy weed - and food

mechanical: adjective; related to mechanics, parts that when put together make something work to complete a task
Garrett Morgan (1877-1963), traffic light inventor

Today In History

May 8

1945: Victory in Europe (VE) Day to end World War II in Europe. German forces surrendered to Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower who was elected president of the United States in 1952.

1886: Library of Congress: Dr. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist and inventor of patent medicines, sold the first Coca-Cola at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, coined the name and it is his handwriting we recognize as the Coca-Cola trademark. By the late 1890s, Coca-Cola was one of America's most popular fountain drinks. Between 1890 and 1900, servings of the beverage  increased from one million to one hundred million.

1884: Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States, was born in Lamar, Missouri. He became president upon the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1945. He served until 1953.

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