National Park Service celebrates 100th birthday

Just two weeks after President Woodrow Wilson signed the congressional document creating Lassen Volcanic National Park (August 6, 1916), he set up the National Park Service on August 25.

Previously, the 14 other national parks were not uniformly serviced under the Department of Agriculture; now, the NPS, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, would create enforced standards to conserve and protect treasured areas for future generations.

Since its inception in 1872 with Yellowstone National Park, the system has grown to over 450 natural, recreational, cultural and historical areas, including parks, battlefields, memorials, monuments, military parks, seashores, scenic rivers and trails, parkways and the White House.

Every state has a park. Find yours and celebrate this special birthday on August 25. From concerts and special tours, to scavenger hunts and birthday cake, parks will party in different ways. The NPS has worked to ensure attendees know the Centennial is “more than a birthday.”

“We want people É to embrace the opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired or simply have fun in their 407 national parks, as well as understand how the É Service’s community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs positively impact their own communities.”
An engaged citizenry now will set the course for the next century.

* The U.S. Mint is commemorating the Centennial by issuing three limited-edition coins, a five-dollar gold coin, a silver dollar, and a half-dollar clad coin with various iconic images and the NPS’s logo, the Arrowhead.

* The U.S. Postal Service is issuing 16 new Forever stamps featuring national parks.

Ride-sharing becomes easier

Suppose there were five people who live within two blocks of you who were all going to work at the same time and roughly the same place.

It would be so easy to share a ride. But so hard to get that group together.

Enter ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. The companies are developing algorithms to locate neighbors headed to the roughly the same place at the same time.

The strategy has already reduced some congestion in larger cities.

A recent report by the American Public Transportation Association suggests that ride-sharing trips are replacing personal vehicles and public transportation.

Help for Parkinson Tremors

A new gyroscopic glove that reduces tremors from Parkinson’s Disease by 80 percent is currently in the prototype stage.

GyroGear will begin shipping the first gloves in 2017 for use by patients with a wide range of conditions that cause hand tremors.

The device works with an electric gyroscope mounted on the back of a fingerless glove. The gyroscope spins and the wearer’s hand is held level, resisting tremors, but allowing for voluntary hand movement.

See gyrogear.co (not .com) for more information.

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Discounts on smaller cars

Look for discounts on smaller cars this summer. Industry analysts say lower gas prices have shifted buyers to SUVs and trucks. This has created a glut of compact cars. Manufacturers have offered big cash back incentives, according to Bottom Line Personal.