Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hispanic-Latino Heritage

Sep. 15th - Oct. 15th is Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
September 15th, Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, & Nicaragua, marks the beginning of the national celebration of HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. If one considers Hispanic contributions in the areas of literature, art, music, film, dance, language, cuisine, fashion, and so forth, it would be hard to overstate their tremendous cultural influence.

FAQ about Hispanics in the U.S.
Hispanic Heritage in the Americas (interactive)
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month - Dept. of Defense
Hispanic Heritage Month - PBS
Hispanic-Latino Heritage in Postage Stamps
Latino-American History - PBS
Smithsonian Latino Center

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016 Hurricane Season

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JDCC Disaster Hotlines
Atmore 368-9371       Brewton 867-0593

Saffir-Simpson Scale

Category 1    74-95 mph winds
Category 2    95-110 mph winds
Category 3    111-130 mph winds
Category 4    131-155 mph winds
Category 5    155+ mph winds

Thursday, May 05, 2016


photo by Rena Dehler
On May 5, 1862, a French army approached the city of Puebla, Mexico, with intentions of invading and colonizing Mexico for the emperor Napoleon III of France. An army of guerrilleros under the command of Ignacio Zaragoza, a native of Texas, stood between the invaders and their plans. Using proven European battle tactics, the French launched repeated attacks on the fortified city. But the Mexicans held their ground, and the French retreated. Thenceforth, the day of this epic showdown came to be observed as the Cinco de Mayo, both in Mexico and in Greater Mexico, the area in the United States where people of Mexican origin reside.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States