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U.S. Route 66

U. S. Route 66 or U. S. Highway 66 known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways in the U. S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 1926, with road signs erected the following year; the highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States ran from Chicago, through Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona before ending in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, covering a total of 2,448 miles. It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song " Route 66" and the Route 66 television series, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964. In John Steinbeck's classic American novel, The Grapes of Wrath, the road "Highway 66" symbolized escape and loss. US 66 served as a primary route for those who migrated west during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the road supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, those same people fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.

US 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, but was removed from the United States Highway System in 1985 after it had been replaced in its entirety by segments of the Interstate Highway System. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona have been communally designated a National Scenic Byway by the name "Historic Route 66", returning the name to some maps. Several states have adopted significant bypassed sections of the former US 66 into their state road networks as State Route 66; the corridor is being redeveloped into U. S. Bicycle Route 66, a part of the United States Bicycle Route System, developed in the 2010s. In 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a naval officer in the service of the U. S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, was ordered by the War Department to build a government-funded wagon road along the 35th Parallel, his secondary orders were to test the feasibility of the use of camels as pack animals in the southwestern desert.

This road became part of US 66. Parts of the original Route 66 from 1913, prior to its official naming and commissioning, can still be seen north of the Cajon Pass; the paved road becomes a dirt road, south of Cajon, the original Route 66. Before a nationwide network of numbered highways was adopted by the states, named auto trails were marked by private organizations; the route that would become US 66 was covered by three highways. The Lone Star Route passed through St. Louis on its way from Chicago to Cameron, though US 66 would take a shorter route through Bloomington rather than Peoria; the transcontinental National Old Trails Road led via St. Louis to Los Angeles, but was not followed until New Mexico. Again, a shorter route was taken, here following the Postal Highway between Oklahoma City and Amarillo; the National Old Trails Road became the rest of the route to Los Angeles. While legislation for public highways first appeared in 1916, with revisions in 1921, until Congress enacted an more comprehensive version of the act in 1925, the government had not executed its plan for national highway construction.

The original inspiration for a roadway between Chicago and Los Angeles was planned by entrepreneurs Cyrus Avery of Tulsa and John Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri. The pair lobbied the American Association of State Highway Officials for the creation of a route following the 1925 plans. From the outset, public road planners intended US 66 to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities along its course for the most practical of reasons: most small towns had no prior access to a major national thoroughfare; the numerical designation 66 was assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route on April 30, 1926, in Springfield, Missouri. A placard in Park Central Square was dedicated to the city by the Route 66 Association of Missouri, traces of the "Mother Road" are still visible in downtown Springfield along Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, St. Louis streets and on Route 266 to Halltown, Missouri. Championed by Avery when the first talks about a national highway system began, US 66 was first signed into law in 1927 as one of the original U.

S. Highways, although it was not paved until 1938. Avery was adamant that the highway had proposed number 60 to identify it. A controversy erupted over the number 60 from delegates from Kentucky who wanted a Virginia Beach–Los Angeles highway to be US 60 and US 62 between Chicago and Springfield, Missouri. Arguments and counterarguments continued throughout February, including a proposal to split the proposed route through Kentucky into Route 60 North and Route 60 South; the final conclusion was to have US 60 run between Virginia Beach and Springfield, the Chicago–L. A. Route be US 62. Avery and highway engineer John Page settled on "66,", unassigned, despite the fact that in its entirety, US 66 was north of US 60; the state of Missouri released its 1926 state highway map with the highway labeled as US 60. After the new federal highway system was created, Cyrus Avery called for the establishment of the U. S. Highway 66 Association to promote the complete paving of the highway from end to end and to promote travel down the highway.

In 1927, in Tulsa, the association was established with J

Menu Foods

Menu Foods Limited, based in Streetsville in Mississauga, Canada, was the largest maker of wet cat and dog food in North America, with its products sold under 95 brand names, which the company identifies as supermarkets, big box and pet product retailers and wholesalers. It was bought out by Simmons Foods in August 2010. In March 2007, after numerous animals fell ill and died during quality-control tests, the company recalled over 60 million containers of food. Subsequent to the recall, the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph in Ontario, identified contaminants in some of the recalled food: aminopterin and cyanuric acid. If consumed by themselves, isolated doses of melamine or cyanuric acid should not cause health issues in pets. However, when these two chemicals are mixed together, an insoluble crystal is formed, that can obstruct the kidneys and cause kidney failure; the incident has been labelled "one of the largest consumer-product recalls in North American history". In 2002, Menu Foods Limited and Menu Foods Operating Limited Partnership were owned by Menu Foods Limited Partnership.

In turn, the Menu Foods Income Fund had 72 per cent share in Menu Foods Limited Partnership. Menu Foods manufactures high end pet food products, it manufactures pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers, including PetSmart, Wal-Mart, Pet Valu and Ahold USA. It is a contract manufacturer of branded pet food products, manufacturing for five of the top six branded companies in North America, including Procter & Gamble, for which it is the exclusive supplier of canned wet pet food sold under the Iams brand, P&G having sold its South Dakota plant to Menu Foods in 2003. Menu Foods produces Loblaws' President's Choice, A&P's Master Choice, Sobeys's Compliments, Safeway's Select and Nutro. Menu's production facilities are located in Kansas; the plants produce wet pet food in aluminum and steel cans at a rate of 1,000 cans per minute, or 1,110 85-gram pouches per minute. Jointly, the plants are able to produce over one billion containers a year. Paul Henderson serves as Chief Executive Officer of Menu Foods.

Mark Wiens is Chief Financial Officer. The following is a partial list of retailers that sell or sold store-brand cat food manufactured by Menu Foods. A&P Supermarkets DeMoulas' Market Basket Food Lion Foodtown Hannaford H-E-B Hy-Vee Kroger Loblaws Meijer Petsmart Price Chopper Safeway Inc. Save-A-Lot Sobeys Wal-Mart Wegmans Winn-Dixie The Associated Press reported on March 16, 2007, that Menu was recalling dog food sold under 53 brands, cat food sold under 42 brands, after an unknown number of animals suffered kidney failure after eating it. Chief Executive and President Paul Henderson said the company had received an undisclosed number of complaints that pets were vomiting and suffering kidney failure. At least 471 cases of poisoning have been reported and 104 animals have died. Menu Foods Pet Food Recall Website News Alert on Menu Foods Pet Food Recall - U. S. Food and Drug Administration FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators Menu Foods Lawsuits & Filings Unofficial pet death registry - Universal Press Syndicate Pet Connection Menu Foods recall timeline and fact sheet - Itchmo.com

Eask Tower

The Eask Tower is a solid stone tower on the top of Carhoo Hill, in County Kerry, over-looking Dingle harbour. Eask Tower was built in 1847 in order to guide the ships and boats into the mouth of the blind harbour; the wooden hand pointing from the Tower, guides the boats to their destination. It is crowned with a World War II look-out post; this is because the mouth of Dingle Harbour is a "blind" mouth, this beacon told sailors to let their sails down, enabling them to lose speed and to round the harbour mouth safely. The Tower is of solid stone; the building of it on Carhoo hill, 600 feet above sea level, provided work during the Great Famine, at the instigation of Reverend Charles Gayer, Leader of the Protestants, in an attempt to win converts. Twenty-seven feet was its original height, but at the turn of the century, the old hand was removed and an extra thirteen feet of stone was added to its height. A new hand was placed at the beginning of the extension; the panoramic views seen from Carhoo Hill include a large proportion of the Dingle Peninsula and beyond.

For example, The Blasket Islands, Slea Head, Dingle Harbour, the Iveragh Peninsula, Skellig Rocks, Irelands two highest mountains - Carrauntoohill and Mount Brandon