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Saar (river)

The Saar is a river in northeastern France and western Germany, a right tributary of the Moselle. It rises in the Vosges mountains on the border of Alsace and Lorraine and flows northwards into the Moselle near Trier, it has two headstreams, that both start near the highest peak of the northern Vosges. After 246 kilometres the Saar flows into the Moselle at Konz between Trier and the Luxembourg border, it has a catchment area of 7,431 square kilometres. The Saar was important for the Saarland coal and steel industries. Raw materials and finished products were shipped on it by water via the Canal des houillères de la Sarre, the Marne-Rhine Canal and the Rhine, for instance, to the Ruhr area or the port of Rotterdam. Although the German part of the Saar has been upgraded to a waterway by deepening, construction of sluices and straightening, there is no significant shipping traffic; the Saar flows through the following departments of France, states of Germany and towns: Moselle: Abreschviller, Sarrebourg, Fénétrange Bas-Rhin: Sarre-Union Moselle: Sarralbe, Sarreguemines Saarland: Saarbrücken, Völklingen, Bous, Dillingen, Merzig Rhineland-Palatinate: Saarburg, Konz.

On the banks of the Saar is the UNESCO-World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte. At Mettlach the Saar passes the well-known Saar loop; the lower Saar in Rhineland-Palatinate is a winegrowing region of some importance, producing Riesling. Until the early 20th century, much more wine was grown on the banks of the Saar, reaching much further up from the mouth of the river, up to Saarbrücken. Only in the early 21st century have some enterprising farmers from the Saarland area started experimenting with winegrowing again; the name Saar stems from the Celtic word sara, the Roman name of the river, saravus. Blies Nied Prims Length: 246 kilometres, Catchment area: 7,431 square kilometres http://www.geoportail.fr The Saar at the Sandre database Media related to Saar River at Wikimedia Commons

George Merrill (Medal of Honor)

George Merrill was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865. Merrill enlisted in the Army from Schenectady, New York in September 1864, he was assigned to Company I, 142nd New York Volunteer Infantry, mustering out with his regiment in June 1865. On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private George Merrill, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 January 1865, while serving with Company I, 142d New York Infantry, in action at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Private Merrill voluntarily cut down the palisading. General Orders: Date of Issue: December 28, 1914 Action Date: January 15, 1865 Service: Army Rank: Private Company: Company I Division: 142nd New York Infantry List of Medal of Honor recipients List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: M–P "George Merrill".

Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved June 17, 2010. "George Merrill". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 30, 2010

1943 Irish Greyhound Derby

The 1943 Irish Greyhound Derby took place during July and August with the final being held at Harold's Cross Stadium in Dublin on 6 August. The winner Famous Knight was trained by Bertie Tierney. At Harolds Cross, 6 August: 2, 1 Famous Knight a red fawn dog started as ante-post favourite and in the first round won in 30.29, the time was bettered by Blackrock Border who recorded a 30.12 win. The fastest second round wins were Kusta Bok and Race Day but Famous Knight won again in 30.49. In the semi-finals on 30 July Famous Knight defeated Double Rum by one length in 30.30, followed by a 30.45 win for Discretion from Kusta Bok in a heat that saw Blackrock Border eliminated. The third semi was taken by Down the Dee from Brilliant Smile in a slow 30.98. In the final Kusta Bok broke well and led until the third bend before the expected move from Famous Knight took place; the latter went on to win by two lengths from a strong finishing Discretion. 1943 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year