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50 Stars & Stripes
In 1958, a teenager named Robert Heft of Lancaster, Ohio created the current 50-star American flag as a history class assignment. Originally, he received a B-minus for his flag that was designed on a de- constructed 48-star flag with blue cloth and white iron- on material added. When he challenged the grade, his history teacher offered to give him an A if Congress selected his as the official flag once Alaska and Hawaii were given official statehood. Two years later, President Dwight Eisenhower and the US Congress chose Mr. Heft’s flag in a competition among more than 1,500 submissions. Why Blue?
The full moon that occurs on May 21, 2016 will be a blue moon. Blue moons don’t actually appear blue in color and aren’t as rare as the popular saying implies. A blue moon is either the second of two full moons to come in the same calendar month or, according to farmers’ almanacs published in Maine, the third of four full moons to occur in a season. A blue moon comes seven or eight times in a span of 19 calendar years. Mark your calendars for the next blue moon on January 31, 2018.