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February 27, 2012

Nancy M. Young: February 28, 2012

ELLAVILLE — Benefit for Averett Phillips

At 6 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Edwin Wall Post 191 American Legion here in Ellaville, here will be a benefit held for Averett Phillips.

Averett returned home about a month ago from Mexico where he went to have cancer treatment.

This special event will consist of a spaghetti supper, baked sale and a group of gospel singers.

The spaghetti supper will consist of spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, a slice of cake and beverage. You may eat in or carry out your meal. Fellowship will be enjoyed that evening.

You may purchase your tickets for $6 each at these stores downtown: Miller's Home & Auto, Central Automotive, Ellaville Floral Shop, Planters Hardware, Gill Drugs and Saturday Snack (open on Thursday-Saturday).

The groups that will be singing are as follows, “Behind The Cross” of DeSoto, "3 A Charge,” Randy and Lavada Lankford and Sonny Pickle, Caylee Hammack, Haley Phillips and Kaylor Womack, and Andy Miller.

Please mark this on your calendar and make plans to attend this special event with us.

For more information contact Neil Snyder at 942-4968.


World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is Friday. Ellaville United Methodist Church will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for anyone who wishes to come in and pray.

This special day is for every nation in the world to pray.

You are invited to come into the church and pray at the altar anytime throughout the day on this special World Day of Prayer.

Happy Leap Year

I want to say Happy Leap Day tomorrow to everyone. Yes, this is Leap Year and every four years we have one.

In Leap Year we have 29 days in February, not 28. In normal years we have 365 days, but Leap Year we have 366 days.

Why do we need Leap Year? The Gregorian Calendar,  which now serves as the standard calendar for civil use throughout the world, has both common years and Leap years. A common year has 365 days and Leap Year has 366 days with the extra or intercalary day designated as Feb. 29. A Leap Year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun which is about 365.25 days.

The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365.25 days by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the Leap Year is omitted three times every 400 years.

In other words, a century year cannot be a Leap Year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not Leap Years, but 1600, 2000 and 2400 are Leap Years.

What are your chances of being born on Leap Year ? About 1 in 1,500.

When is your birthday party? If you are born on Leap Year, Feb. 29, do you get your driver/s license on Feb. 28 or March 1? It's an ambiguous question that is decided by each state. Most states, however, consider March 1 the official day. For instance, the Michigan Vehicle Code states that people born on Feb. 29 are deemed to have been born March 1.

How many people were born on Leap Day? There are about 187,000i n the U.S. and 4 million in the world who were born on Leap Day.

So Happy Leap Day to all of my readers.

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