Acton, California

Acton is a town and an unincorporated census-designated place in Los Angeles County, near the Antelope Valley. According to the 2010 census, Acton had a population of 7,596. Acton is a small residential community located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, it is off the Antelope Valley Freeway near Palmdale. Acton is 20 miles northeast of the San Fernando Valley and 47 miles north of downtown Los Angeles; the town has a rural western theme which can be seen in its homes, commercial buildings, historical buildings. The homes in the mountains around Acton have views of the valley below. In the valley are ranch style homes with equestrian facilities. While Acton is not a part of the Antelope Valley, it is grouped together with the Valley in the General Plan. Acton has a Metrolink commuter rail station on its border with Palmdale, themed in an "old western" style and has been seen in various movies and commercials. Acton was founded in 1887 by gold miners, it was named after Massachusetts by one of the miners.

Two of the best-known gold mines located in Acton were the Governor mine. Mining of gold and titanium ore continued into the early 1900s; the town had served as a railroad camp from 1873 to 1876 when the Saugus-Mojave section of the Southern Pacific Railroad was under construction. Acton was once considered for the State capital of California. California Governor Henry T. Gage owned the Governor Mine, hence the name, sought to relocate the capital to Acton; this effort failed and the capital was not moved from Sacramento. In the late 1880s, Acton started to become more of a ranching and farming community. In 1889, Acton's first hotel and its first saloon, the 49er was opened, it is still open for business today. Acton is located at 34°28′22″N 118°11′1″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 39.3 square miles, over 99% of it land. At the 2000 census, the CDP had a total area of all land; this region experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F.

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Acton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps. Summer month days average 88 above; the 2010 United States Census reported that Acton had a population of 7,596. The population density was 193.4 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Acton was 6,564 White, 57 African American, 70 Native American, 155 Asian, 5 Pacific Islander, 451 from other races, 294 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,373 persons; the Census reported that 7,596 people lived in households, 0 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized. There were 2,660 households, out of which 901 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,771 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 194 had a female householder with no husband present, 116 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 108 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 30 same-sex married couples or partnerships.

436 households were made up of individuals and 143 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86. There were 2,081 families; the population was spread out with 1,672 people under the age of 18, 660 people aged 18 to 24, 1,394 people aged 25 to 44, 3,037 people aged 45 to 64, 833 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males. There were 2,814 housing units at an average density of 71.6 per square mile, of which 2,386 were owner-occupied, 274 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%. 6,852 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 744 people lived in rental housing units. Median earnings per worker in Acton in 2015 were $75,714 compared to the United States average of $44,178. Acton has $84,375 median earnings for 55 % greater than the $54,384 median for women. 22% of the people in Acton report self-employment income, twice the U.

S. average of 11%. 6.9% of the population of Acton lives in poverty. Of those, 17% are employed. Just 1% of Acton households use some form of public assistance, compared to the United States average of 14%. 7% of Acton workers carpool to work, less than the U. S. average of 10%. Acton has a large number of people who are able to work from home at 12% versus 4% for the U. S; the average commute to work in Acton is 46 minutes, much longer than the U. S. average of 26 minutes. The Shambala Preserve, a wild animal nature park run by actress Tippi Hedren, is located near Acton. Ventures on Hedren's 80-acre wild animal compound include a Safari at the authentic African-style haven for more than 70 African lions, Royal Bengal and Siberian tigers and black leopards and African elephants. Acton is home to Parker Mountain, the mecca for a style of radio-controlled aircraft flying called "dynamic soaring" and where at one time the world speed record of 302 mph was achieved. In the California State Legislature, Acton is in the 21st Senate District, represented by Republican Scott Wilk, in the 36th Assembl

Science North Production Team

The Science North Production Team is an award-winning group that produces object theatres, multi-media presentations and large format film productions for science museums and educational facilities around North America. In addition, the team develops educational media for Science North Center in Sudbury, Canada producing content on a variety of topics. An agency of the provincial government of Ontario, Science North is overseen by the provincial Ministry of Culture. Members of the Team: Rob Gagne Executive Producer John Alden Milne Director/Editor Andrea Martin Producer/Production Coordinator Amy E Wilson Editor Richard Wildeman Animator Tim Marshall Jr Animator Ground Rules Director: John Alden Milne, Cinematographer: Dylan Macleod, Executive Producers: Jim Marchbank, Guy Labine, Supervising Producer: David Lickley The Production team were among the winners of the 14th annual international TEA Themed Entertainment Association Thea awards. Wings Over The North Jane Goodalls Wild Chimpanzee Caterpillar: Ground Rules COTA Awards Climate Change SNO 2008 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Ground Rules Article in CSC Magazine

East Clarendon Railroad Station

The East Clarendon Railroad Station is a historic railroad station at 212 Vermont Route 103 in Clarendon, Vermont. Built in 1916 by the Rutland Railroad and in service for 35 years, it is a well-preserved reminder of the importance of the railroad through the area, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It presently houses a restaurant; the former East Clarendon Railroad Station stands in central eastern Clarendon, at the triangular junction of Route 103 and East Clarendon Road. The latter road parallels the tracks of the Rutland Railroad, an active freight line; the station stood between the road and the tracks, about 400 feet southeast of its present location, to which it was moved in 1953. It is a single-story wood frame structure, with a broad hip roof that provides large overhangs, supported by triangular knee brackets, its exterior is finished with a combination of bead boarding. The former agent's office is a small projection on the east side of the building; the interior retains its original three-room configuration, with a waiting room, agent's office, the freight room.

Interior finishes have been covered over to preserve them. The rail line passing through East Clarendon was built in 1849, is one of Vermont's oldest; this station was built about 1916 to provide passenger and freight service to the community, was in service until 1953. Traffic on the line was stopped in 1963, but has since been revived; the station was relocated to this site from its original location in after it was closed, but was not mounted on a permanent foundation until 1996, when it was given a major restoration and restaurant conversion. National Register of Historic Places listings in Rutland County, Vermont