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Go wild for wildflowers
Go wild for wildflowers

April 21, 2023 - After the winter doldrums and monochromatic landscape, a natural art show is unfolding. Perennial flowers are budding and blooming. Now is a terrific time to plan and plant a wildflower garden for nonstop color until next fall's frost.

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doldrums: noun;a time period with low activity or low energy, sometimes because of a negative situation Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of May 30

cohort: noun; group of people who share similar tasks or qualities such as a cohort of scientists studying the habitat of a rare bird species;
Holiday weekend all about history and heart

impacts: Select Part of speech...; results from actions that cause a change, either positive or negative; consequences
Winter 'Swan Song' brewing in the West

linguist: noun; a person who is an expert in languages
It's - not its - National Grammar Day

mariners: noun; people who work on the seas and becomes experts at navigation
Cross the Delaware River with Washington

Today In History

June 2

1953: Following the death of her father, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in a coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

1886: Library of Congress: President Grover Cleveland wed Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony. Daughter of Cleveland's late law partner, the bride was twenty-seven years younger than her husband. The self-educated Cleveland came from a poor family. After reading law and clerking at a Buffalo, New York law firm, he was admitted to the bar in 1859. A Democrat, he entered Buffalo's political arena in 1862 and was elected mayor in 1881 and governor of New York State in 1882. As governor, his opposition to patronage raised his national standing, even as it rankled New York City's Democratic machine. Cleveland brought his belief in clean government to the White House in 1885.

: Martha Washington, wife of first president George Washington, was born. Her maiden name was Martha Dandridge. She died in 1802. George Washington died in 1799.

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