Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday
This past Wednesday was Women’s Rights Activist Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. Raised as a Quaker, Anthony began working as a teacher in her late 20’s to help her family. She and her family joined the abolitionist movement in the 1840’s. After the Civil War she turned her attention more to women’s rights and helped to found the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. An abolitionist and a suffragist, a journalist, editor and publisher, she was relentless in her fight for women’s rights. She even met with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 just one year before her death at the age of 86. However, it wasn’t until 1920 – 14 years after her death – when women finally won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Presidents’ Day Holiday
Well, Monday, February 20 is Presidents’ Day and thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act many workers will have the day off. And don’t forget many businesses will also be closed on Monday including the U.S. Postal Service (no delivery, post offices closed); most banks; federal, state and local courts; and many public and private schools.
Welcome, Spring! Uh, well, not really?
No, it’s not spring yet. It just feels like it. High temperatures are going to be anywhere from 60 degrees to record-setting 70’s for at least the next week and lows aren’t supposed to reach freezing at night for the next two weeks. We will probably pay for the warm weather at some point to balance things out. So enjoy it while it lasts! Just don’t rush out and plant those flowers and vegetables yet.