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This Friday, June 21 at 10:54 a.m. in the Northern Hemisphere is the Summer Solstice, the first day of summer, and the longest day of the year.

You may ask, “Why is it the longest day of the year?”

It is the point in the year at which the Earth’s north pole is tilted furthest toward the sun.

That is your science/astrology lesson for the day!

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On my way to The Chief on Friday I see all the American flags waving all over town. And every year on Flag Day, I have to be reminded the reason for the flags being out.

Even though it’s not a public holiday, this day represents freedom and justice for all, and we Americans are urged to display the flag on this day. June 14 is also the U.S. Army’s birthday.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union Flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes (representing the 13 original colonies), one for each state. And if you’re old enough to remember, the American Flag was posted on the moon!

Now, that’s our history lesson for the day!

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One of the perks to working in a newspaper office is the people you meet. Last week, we had a gentleman originally from France who was taking in the sights of Comanche. Turns out he is a rugby coach from Austin. Sorry, forgot to ask him his name!

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Many of our county churches are having their annual revivals and Vacation Bible Schools. (See their ads and articles in this week’s Chief.

Looking back, at one time Comanche County could boast of over 60 churches! Some have had to close due to changing demographics. Of course, looking on the bright side, we have a number of new churches.

FYI: The oldest church building in the County is St. Matthew’s Episcopal built in 1877. The oldest organized church was the South Leon Baptist Church in the Newburg community founded in 1858.

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Looking for an entertaining outing? If you’ve never been to Albany’s Fandangle, it’s a must-see extravaganza. It is set for June 21-22 and June 28-29.

Can you believe it started out as a senior class play in 1938 and now is a showstopper!

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CORRECTION in last week’s Chief: One of the soldiers who participated in D-Day was Tom Gresset. His name was misspelled.

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Have a fun and safe summer!

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