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Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden
Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden

Dec. 5, 2022 - Even before Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations popped up everywhere from homes to home stores. But for a stellar display of holiday decorations, visit the U.S. Botanic Garden in the nation's capital. Miniature landmarks in Washington D.C. made from all natural materials are on display.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of December 05

affectionately: adverb; with affection, kindness, positive feelings,
Dec. 17, 1903: Wright Brothers and Aviation soar

carefully: adverb; with care, slowly with care
Fall color courtesy of Mother Nature

currently: adverb; at the present time
It's eerie on Lake Erie

suddenly: adverb; quickly, without pause
Cornelia Fort (1919-1943): Pilot and Patriot

Today In History

December 8

2016: Senator John Glenn, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and the first man to orbit the Earth who later went on to serve four terms in the U.S. Senate representing the state of Ohio, died. He was 95.

1993: President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which cut tariffs and eliminated other trade barriers between the United States, Canada and Mexico. It went into effect on January 1, 1994.

1991: The Soviet Union (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) ceased to exist and the Commonwealth of Independent States was established (Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia).

1894: James Thurber, American humorist and artist, was born in Columbus, Ohio.

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