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Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 10, 2018

I hope all are well and have started January off on the right foot.  I wanted to wish all a nice upcoming MLK Jr. Day and hope that if you are off work that day that you enjoy a great day with family and friends.  Our county offices will be closed  Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of the holiday.

Here are a few facts about Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  It is a federal holiday marking his birthday, but although Dr. King's birthday is January 15, the holiday is always observed on the third Monday of January each year.  President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.  It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.  Additionally, below are a few famous quotes by this civil rights leader: 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." "I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear."

And of course, the quote that most of us are aware of:  "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." 

Radon Testing

I also want to put out that Public Health is doing its annual reminder to encourage testing of your homes for Radon in January.  Exposure to Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  A low cost Radon home test kit can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

Winter Bird Count is Saturday

And finally, a few events at our Fountain Creek Nature Center you might be interested in.  The Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count will occur this Saturday, Jan. 13, from 8:30 – 11 a.m.  Beginning to advanced birders are invited to observe and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park.  Cost is $5 per person and reservations are required. 

Also, if you'd like to help out the nature center with some community service, it is holding a MLK Service Day on January 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King who asked, "What are you doing for others?" we invite 10-20 people to help staff remove invasive elm trees from the nature center trails, then join around a campfire for s'mores!  You must be able to use a handsaw.  This is free, but preregistration is required.  Call 719-520-6745 to register for either event or for additional information.

Have a wonderful week!


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