August 2004 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Noble August
  • Message Board
  • Resources for Wellness
  • Current Events
  • Sponsors
  • Free Monthly Drawing



Yesterday (Sunday) I took a bike ride on the canal and, once again, remembered why I love it here so much. The day was a PERFECT day - mild, no humidity, sunny (ah, I wish we had a lot more days like this) and the views along the towpath were breathtaking. By the way, I was the one with the big smile, saying "Hi, Good Morning" to everyone I passed.

I was reading something last week that referred to "Noble August" - I guess since August means "noble, honorable, or revered." So, I thought I would check my expert source (The Internet) for more information on the origin of this venerable month.

" ...After Julius's grandnephew Augustus defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra, and became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate decided that he too should have a month named after him... Not only did the Senate name a month after Augustus, but it decided that since Julius's month, July, had 31 days, Augustus's month should equal it: under the Julian calendar, the months alternated evenly between 30 and 31 days (with the exception of February), which made August 30 days long. So, instead of August having a mere 30 days, it was lengthened to 31, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus was saddled with an inferior month.

To accommodate this change two other calendrical adjustments were necessary:

  • The extra day needed to inflate the importance of August was taken from February, which originally had 29 days (30 in a leap year), and was now reduced to 28 days (29 in a leap year).
  • Since the months evenly alternated between 30 and 31 days, adding the extra day to August meant that July, August, and September would all have 31 days. So to avoid three long months in a row, the lengths of the last four months were switched around, giving us 30 days in September, April, June, and November..." *

Pretty interesting, eh?

* Here is the link where I found the information



The Message Board gets new messages each week. I hope people are helping each other by responding to the questions posed here. Remember that the Message Board is for YOU, the visitors.

By the way, I approve each message before it is posted. That is why your message does not appear immediately after you submit it. This allows me to screen messages for inappropriate or illegal material. So far, I've only had to delete one message that had a lot of 4-letter words in it.



I know it is hard to believe that it's almost time for school to start again. Where DID the summer go!

In honor of the new school year, C.F. Neuman offers us a light-hearted glimpse at her first days in first grade. more>

Megan Wetzel offers her first in a series of articles on Positive Thinking.



For more information on these and other events, go to the Calendar of Events page.

Aug 6, Prallsville Mills "Images of the Mills" opening reception

Aug 7-8, Civil War re-enactment at the Holcomb-Jimison Farmstead Museum

Sept 12 is a big day in New Hope. the Independent Merchants of New Hope once again host a Treasure Hunt Arts & Events & Canal Boat Ride.

The Lambertville Fire Dept is holding their 5 Alarm Firehouse Concert & Community Clambake.

Finally, Neshaminy Manor (donating 4 tickets for this Month's Free Drawing.) is holding its annual Art Brunch.

Sept 26 is FACT Bucks County's 5th Annual AIDS Walk.

And if you would rather RIDE than WALK,

Sept 26 is also the "Hops to Hops" Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride that starts at the Riverhorse Brewery in Lambertville.



I hope you take time to check out the businesses that pay to list on our web site (they are the ones with web site links.)

Their support is what keeps this web site going! Please help me to thank them - visit and shop at these shops and stores. Tell them MARILYN sent you!


(click on the Faces & Places logo to be taken directly to the Faces & Places page)

Horoscope: Stay on top of the month - read your horoscope. more>

Local Color: The Tour de France was so exciting - with Lance Armstrong winning for the 6th time. I thought it would be fun to interview a local Pro Cyclist. Read about Bucks County cyclist, Josh Taylor! more>

The Arts: Triumph Brew Pub has put together a series of music events called the New Hope Concert Series. You'll want to put these on your calendar. more>

Around Town: Ben Franklin is coming to New Hope - no kidding! more>

Recipe of the Month: Robin Larsen offers a recipe for a Traditional Clambake. more>



This month's Free Monthly Drawing is four tickets to the Neshaminy Manor Art Sale and Brunch - an $80 value.

Last Month's Winner of two tickets to the Bucks County Playhouse was Robert Kaufman.

Congratulations Robert!

Note: If you are signing up for the Free Monthly Drawing, make sure you bypass your spam filter and allow email to come through from - otherwise you may miss receiving the notice that you have won.


Bud-dee, buh-dee, buh-dee - that's all folks!

Until next month...

Your friendly editor,