Stroller: A quick note about graduation traffic (and Star Trek)

Stroller: A quick note about graduation traffic (and Star Trek)
27 May

TODAY’S WORD is discrepancy (dih-skrep-uh n-see). Example: As she chased the raccoons out of the living room and back through the hole in the ceiling, Marsha decided there was a pretty wide discrepancy between the landlord’s glowing description of the rental house and the reality of the situation.

THURSDAY’S WORD was egress. It means the action of going out of a place. Example: Albert realized he should have invited a friend over to help him install the air conditioner when he took his hand off the window unit and it made a sudden egress through the third story window.

Memorial Day closings

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Henry County Administration and PSA offices will close at 3 p.m. today and remain closed on Monday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday. Convenience centers for garbage disposal and recycling will operate on the regular schedule of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A bit of traffic

Just a reminder that today begins a weekend sure to be filled with memories, as well as traffic. A lot of traffic.

It’s graduation weekend in Martinsville, Henry and Patrick counties. Magna Vista graduates at 7 p.m. tonight, as does Patrick County. Then on Saturday, Bassett High graduates at 9 a.m. and Martinsville High walks at 10 a.m.

Martinsville police, as well as Henry County and Patrick County deputies will be out on the roads directing traffic, just it’s worth putting this on your calendar, even if you don’t plan to attend.

It’s just a reminder from the Stroller that it may take more time than normal to get where you’re going, if you head out over the next few days.

TODAY IS: National Heat Awareness Day

As the weather warms up, it’s important to remember that heat exhaustion and dehydration are no joke.

A 1995 Chicago heat wave claimed more than 700 lives, while in August 2003, a European heat wave claimed an astonishing 50,000 lives. When a heat advisory is issued, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol. Avoid over-exertion and find a cool place to stay.

Some free meals

On Wednesday, Smith Memorial United Methodist Church will offer a free community meal from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The church is located at the corner of John Redd Blvd. and Daniels Creek Road in Collinsville.

Christ Episcopal Church will also host its ministry of Loaves and Fishes, a free community meal, on the same day.

The meal will take place from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the undercroft of the church, which is located at 311 East Church Street across from the Martinsville library.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Paleontologists commonly refer to the spike-covered tip of a stegosaurus’ tail as the “thagomizer.” Where did this name come from?

THURSDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: Star Trek fans know that Mr. Spock, originally played by the late, great Leonard Nimoy, hails from the planet Vulcan. In the original Star Trek series from the 1960s, however, the writers wanted to have Spock be a native of a different planet, although series creator Gene Roddenberry vetoed the idea.

What planet was originally slated to be Spock’s homeworld?

The answer: Mars. Roddenberry, both a visionary and an optimist, rejected the idea, because he believed there was a good chance that humans would land on Mars before the series ended, and if there were no aliens on the planet, Spock’s origins would seem pretty silly.

Instead, Spock was written to hail from the fictitious planet Vulcan.



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