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Home Prices: Where are They Headed?

by Rob Zwemmer

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Selling Your House? 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

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A Holiday Treat: Mariah Carey Xmas Video

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The First Thanksgiving

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How to Get the Most $$ For Sale of Your House

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The History of "Standard Time"

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Standard time in time zones was instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads on November 18, 1883. Prior to that, time of day was a local matter, and most cities and towns used some form of local solar time, maintained by a well-known clock (on a church steeple, for example, or in a jeweler's window). The new standard time system was not immediately embraced by all.

The first man in the United States to sense the need for time standardization was an amateur astronomer, William Lambert, who as early as 1809 presented to Congress a recommendation for the establishment of time meridians. This was not adopted, nor was the initial suggestion of Charles Dowd of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1870. Dowd revised his proposal in 1872, and it was adopted virtually unchanged by U.S. and Canadian railways eleven years later.

Detroit kept local time until 1900, when the City Council decreed that clocks should be put back 28 minutes to Central Standard Time. Half the city obeyed, the other half refused. After considerable debate, the decision was rescinded and the city reverted to sun time. Central Standard Time was adopted by city vote in 1905.

Although the railway systems in U.S. and Canada adopted standard time at noon on November 18, 1883, it was many years before such time was actually used by the people themselves.

The use of standard time gradually increased because of  obvious practical advantages for communication and travel. Standard time in time zones was established by U.S. law with the Standard Time Act of 1918, enacted on March 19. Congress adopted standard time zones based on those set up by the railroads, and gave the responsibility to make any changes in the time zones to the Interstate Commerce Commission, the only federal transportation regulatory agency at the time. When Congress created the Department of Transportation in 1966, it transferred the responsibility for the time laws to the new department.

National Cheeseburger Day - Sept 18th - Fun Facts

by Rob Zwemmer

This past week had the celebration of National Cheeseburger Day (September 18th). Here are a few fun facts regarding this great All-American fave...

Many theories are out there on how the cheeseburger began. Back in the 1920's, one story claims a fellow named Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger while employed at "The Rite Spot", his dad's sandwich shop in Pasadena, CA. He was doing a little experimenting and dropped a slice of American cheese on top of a hamburger. It was a hit!

Other theories include:

A cheeseburger appeared on a menu at a Los Angeles restaurant, O'Dell's, for just 25 cents.

A Louisville, KY restaurant, Kaelin's, made the claim they invented the cheeseburger in 1934.

In 1935, a trademark for the name "cheeseburger" was awarded to Louis Ballast of Humpty Dumpty Drive-In of Denver, CO

Whatever the real story may be, we are happy to add the cheeseburger to the great All-American menu.

Keeping Pets Cool in Summer - Helpful Tips!

by Rob Zwemmer

Beautiful Desert Horizons Country Club

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Basic Grilling Techniques for Summer!

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