CONDO VII NEWSLETTER – June 2019
June is named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. Also from the Latin word juvenis, “young people”.
DATES TO REMEMBER
• June 14 – Flag Day
• June 16 – Father’s Day
• June 21 – 1st Day of Summer (Summer Solstice)
It’s the beginning of May as I sit and write this. What happened to the SPRING and the SUNSHINE???? We were teased with a few warm days here and there in April, but the trend of cool, damp, rainy days is continuing into May. Will it never end? I’ve had enough: my bag is packed and I’m off to Sarasota, Florida for a week where my friend has assured me it is sunny and hot. Hopefully, by the time I return, the warmer temperatures and the sun will have arrived. On a positive note, I see the tables and chairs starting to appear on the pool deck and by the time you read this, the pool will be open. I am definitely looking forward to June and the start of summer and outdoor pool days. WOO HOO!!!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER: Condo 7 is a No Pets Condo and this policy will be strictly enforced.
REMINDER: Outside hose bibs
If you have a valve for the outside water spigots inside your unit and you have not yet turned it on, please go ahead and do so. Should you see any kind of a leak when you open the valve, close it immediately and put in a work order to have it checked and, if necessary, repaired.
Our condo units are not exactly soundproof. Please think about how loud you are playing your television, radio or music, even during the day. You may have a neighbor who works nights and needs those daytime hours to get their sleep or a parent with an infant or young child who naps. Keeping the volume at a reasonable level will be appreciated by all. Thanks for being a considerate neighbor.
Did everyone take the time to read Craig Pessin’s (our HOA Administrator) column in the May Brettonews? If not, please go back and do so. His message is important. You may remember from my previous newsletters, this topic is my #1 pet peeve. I pray that Craig’s words get through to those who continue to blatantly disregard the few, simple traffic laws we have in Bretton Woods. I certainly hope Craig and the HOA board go ahead with the measures he wrote about. Perhaps when it starts to hit people in their wallets and deprives them of their recreational privileges they will stop playing Russian roulette with the lives of everyone in Bretton Woods. Just think about this: if you are one of those drivers who violate the traffic laws, if you don’t hit someone, one of those other inconsiderate drivers may just hit one of your loved ones. This continued behavior is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army’s birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fathers, fathering, and fatherhood. The tradition was said to be started from a memorial service held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.
It was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. The first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. It did not have much success initially.
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents”. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
1st Day of Summer (Summer Solstice)
The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (Sun) and stitium (standing), reflecting the fact that on the solstice, the Sun appears to stop moving in the sky as it reaches its northern- or southernmost point. After the solstice, the Sun appears to reverse course and head back in the opposite direction.
The timing of the summer solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time; it all depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Therefore, the June solstice won’t always occur on the same day. This occurs in part because of the difference between the Gregorian calendar system, which normally has 365 days, and the tropical year (how long it takes Earth to orbit the Sun once), which has about 365.242199 days. To compensate for the missing fraction of days, the Gregorian calendar adds a leap day about every 4 years, which makes the date for summer jump backward. However, the date also changes because of other influences, such as the gravitational pull from the Moon and planets, as well as the slight wobble in Earth’s rotation.
Q: Is the Summer Solstice the First Day of Summer?
A: Yes and no—it depends on whether we’re speaking meteorologically or astronomically. Most meteorologists divide the year into four seasons based on the months and the temperature cycle, which allows them to compare and organize climate data more easily. In this system, summer begins on June 1 and ends on August 31. Therefore, the summer solstice is not considered to be the first day of summer, meteorologically speaking.
Astronomically, however, the first day of summer is said to be when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, which occurs on the summer solstice (June 20–22). Therefore, the summer solstice is considered to be the first day of summer, astronomically speaking.
Susanna & the Condo VII Board
Thought for the month
Your smile is an open window which tells people you are inside the house. Nigerian proverb