Ghost Of Water Past
While we swing into full boating season through- out the United States, spare a thought for some of our western neighbors who are facing huge water shortages.
In an undated, but hauntingly beautiful photo from
Folsom Lake Marina, northeast of Sacramento, California,
ting on dry, cracked dirt.
In April, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water reductions for the first time in the state’s history, saying their four-year drought had reached near-crisis
proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls.
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John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy’s
childhood sailboat, Scallop, a 12-foot-long
Beetle Cat built in 1969, recently sold at auction for $13,750
to an Asian investment firm. The boat was commissioned by
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and shipped to Greece when the
family lived there, where it remained for several
years before being returned to the United States.
When Scallop was stripped down to bare wood
for restoration, the original paint scheme was
revealed, so the boat once again sports its
first colors. Those colors were verified in a
letter from Caroline Kennedy, who said
that the unusual color scheme was
similar to those found on a Greek
The U.S. Coast
its 225th birthday
in August, and to
help mark the occasion, the U.S. Postal
Service – itself celebrating 240 years
Franklin was made
Postmaster – is issuing a special commemorative stamp.
The USCG’s story
began in 1790, when
signed into law an
act that provided
for a fleet of 10
vessels to serve as
an armed customs-enforcement service.
was depriving the
country of badly
needed tariff rev-
enue, and the small
became known as
the Revenue Cutter
Service. It merged
with the U.S. Life-
Saving Service to
become the present
day Coast Guard on
January 28, 1915.
The stamps will be
launched on August
4 in Washington,
D.C. To learn more
about the Coast
beginnings, see “The
Real McCoy” on
page 50. — A.D.