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Brent Wohlberg - Big Red Rooster - Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone - Ian Tyson - Charles Goodnights' Grave - Lana Floen - Alberta Blue (feat. Lana Floen) - Lana Floen - Gillian Welch - Rock Of Ages - Ashley Robertson - Return To Me - Todd Snider - Statistician's Blues - Ian Tyson - Home On The Range - Levon Helm - Wide River To Cross - Ruth Purves-Smith - Northern Lights (feat. Ruth Purves-Smith) - Ruth Purves-Smit - Alison Krauss - So Long, So Wrong - Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle - If I Needed You - Joe Reda - But for the Grace - Tom Russell Band - Haley's Comet - My Fitness Music - 8 Days A Week - Bolivian Sunshine Dogs - The Galaxy Song - The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow - Kevin Closs - O Canada - Jeff Beck - A Day In The Life

Club Roundup - BioSki Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Club - Small Biz Net - How to Take Free Small Business Courses Online - On Air Book Blog - The Self-sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour - Science Rules - Tired, Sure, but Is It From Lyme Disease or Chronic Fatigue? - How Many Stars Can You See? - Researchers Convince People They Have Three Arms  - The Trail Head - Hiking the Appalachian Trail Through the Mountains of 14 States

Playlist:

           1  Foxhole Morse Code Special C morse_letter_c.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:02

           2  Foxhole 15th Troop ID scouts15th_foggyMountainBreakdown stationId 5:20

           3  Brent Wohlberg Big_Red_Rooster.mp3 [Unknown] Jan 2011 Single 2:32

           4  Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan Like A Rolling Stone Highway 61 Revisited - A Tribute To Bob Dylan 5:41

           5  Ian Tyson Charles Goodnights' Grave From the Stone House 3:30

           6  Alex Koren ak_StationId_foxhole_theDancing foxhole 0:27

           7  Lana Floen Alberta Blue (feat. Lana Floen) - Lana Floen Songwriter's Dream 2:57

           8  Gillian Welch Rock Of Ages Hell Among The Yearlings 3:08

           9  Ashley Robertson Return To Me Return To Me 2:58

          10  Foxhole IDs AR arno_cklu_foxhole_id_wildwoodflower1.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:23

          11  Todd Snider Statistician's Blues Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live 2:58

          12  Ian Tyson Home On The Range And Stood There Amazed 4:47

          13  Levon Helm Wide River To Cross Dirt Farmer 4:51

          14  Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Farmers Song) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:10

          15  Ruth Purves-Smith Northern Lights (feat. Ruth Purves-Smith) - Ruth Purves-Smit Songwriter's Dream 3:27

          16  Alison Krauss So Long, So Wrong So Long So Wrong 3:22

          17  Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle If I Needed You We Still Love Our Country 4:14

          18  Foxhole ID AK ak_StationId_foxhole_righteousHeart foxhole 0:15

          19  Joe Reda But for the Grace Bread and Circuses 3:57

          20  Tom Russell Band Haley's Comet Raw Vision 3:55

          21  My Fitness Music 8 Days A Week Hits Of The Beatles (Non-Stop Mix for Treadmill, Stair Climb 3:36

          22  Alex Koren ak_foxhole_id_payTheMan foxhole 0:20

          23  Bolivian Sunshine Dogs The Galaxy Song Unfinished Symph... 2:11

          24  Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Never Did Like that Train) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:23

          25  The Civil Wars Barton Hollow Barton Hollow 3:25

          26  Foxhole ID JP jp_cooCooBird_BeGoodTanyas_stationID_foxhole stationId 1:00

          27  Sound Effects Coyote Sounds of Birds and Other Animals 0:14

          28  Foxhole Morse Code cklu_morse_code.mp3 [Unknown] Foxhole Morse Special CKLU 0:05

          29  Kevin Closs O Canada Homecoming 1:26

          30  Jeff Beck A Day In The Life performing this week...live at Ronnie Scott's 4:46

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (October 6, 1866 – July 22, 1932) was a Canadian inventor who performed pioneering experiments in radio, including early—possibly the first— transmissions of voice and music. In his later career he received hundreds of patents for devices in fields such as high-powered transmitting, sonar, and televisionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Fessenden

The Blazing Elwoods

are proud to inform you about the nation-wide release of their hit single “Big Red Rooster”.

The Blazing Elwoods are a rockin' country band from Sudbury, Ontario Canada. The band is composed of

Brent Wohlberg, a local songwriter from the Sudbury area. Brent has been writing songs for over 25 years.

His latest foray into the country veign was inspired by the musical stylings of Johnny Cash, Stomping

Tom Conners, and Hank Williams.

" My love for this country genre stemmed from listening to dad's Old Stomping Tom Albums, and from

there I revisited his Johnny Cash, San Quentin album. I discovered that I had been missing out on some

incredible music. The raw honesty of these songs sucked you right in. These songs also didn't seem to have

a hint of pretension.” -Brent Wohlberg

Brent hopes that you enjoy his first single, "Big Red Rooster", and wants folks to look for a full length

album coming out in the spring. The Single is now available at the CD Baby Website. Follow this link to

purchase your copy: https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheBlazingElwoods

For more information, please contact Brent Wohlberg at (705) 671-9860,

or email artifactmedia@persona.ca

https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheBlazingElwoods

Youtube Video "Big Red Rooster" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN36C7Ohq0I

SS Edmund Fitzgerald (nicknamed "Mighty Fitz," "The Fitz," or "The Big Fitz") was an American Great Lakes freighter launched on June 8, 1958. At the time of its launching, it was one of the first boats to be at or near maximum "St Lawrence Seaway Size"which was 730 feet (220 m) long and 75 feet (23 m) wide. From its launching in 1958 until 1971 the Fitzgerald continued to be one of the largest boats on the Great Lakes.[1]

On November 10, 1975, while traveling on Lake Superior during a gale, the Fitzgerald sank suddenly in Canadian waters approximately 17 miles (15 nmi; 27 km) from the entrance ofWhitefish Bay at a depth of 530 feet (160 m). Although it had reported having some difficulties before the accident, theFitzgerald sank without sending any distress signals. Its crew of 29 perished in the sinking with no bodies being recovered. When the wreck was found, it was discovered that the Fitzgerald had broken in two.

The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald is the most famous disaster in the history of Great Lakes shipping.[2] The disaster was the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 hit song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

Club Roundup:

BioSki Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Club

http://www.bioski.ca

Since the early 1970's the BioSki Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Club has welcomed both local Sudburians and visitors to enjoy the great outdoors while participating in healthy activities.

Located in the Laurentian Lake Conservation Area, the club manages a system of trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the winter season.

The groomed trails are open to members and visitors every day and our Ski Cottage is open on weekends, providing heated washrooms, and selling season memberships, day trail passes, snacks, as well as hot and cold beverages. 

Our ski trails are also partnered with the Laurentian University ski trail system giving BioSki members access to a total of 27km of enjoyment.

The BioSki Cross-Country and Showshoe Club has maintained trails in the Laurentian Lake Conservation Area for classical skiing and snowshoeing since 1974. Access to the club is via South Bay Road off Ramsey Lake Road. A heated Ski Cottage with washrooms is open on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm. Ski memberships, trail passes, snacks, and hot and cold drinks may be purchased here. During the week skiers can place their daily-use fee in the money box at the trailhead. 

The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, through which the ski trails run represents a mosaic of plant communities including: white birch forest, poplar lowlands, stands of red pine and white spruce, alder swamps, marshes and beaver ponds. This habitat diversity provides the opportunity to see tracks of several animals including: snowshoe hare, red fox, red squirrel, porcupine, otter, and mice. Chickadees are constant companions and one frequently may see ruffed grouse and woodpeckers.

The trail system dates back to the early 1970’s at the time when cross-country skiing in Canada was expanding from a racing activity to a recreational one. 

The Laurentian Lake Conservation Area ski trails were initiated by the student Biology Society and faculty members with an interest in the outdoors. It is from those beginnings that the club came to be known as “BioSki”. While the current membership has grown far beyond just the Biology Society the name has been retained, partially in homage to the club's roots, but also because the trails were designed to allow skiers to be part of the natural environment. Trails are narrow and long, straight stretches were kept to a minimum.

The system was developed progressively over the years to fill the demand for longer trails over varied terrain. With an increased interest in snowshoeing, one of the five kilometre ski trails was converted into a dedicated snowshoe trail, the only such trail presently in the Sudbury area. This change has led to the full name of the club now being, the BioSki Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Club.

The club is operated on a purely volunteer basis. A small executive assumes the task and the responsibility of the day to day operation of the club. A larger group volunteers its time to the labour-intensive tasks of clearing and smoothing trails, construction and upkeep. From the point of view of packing, grooming and track-setting of the trails BioSki comes under the umbrella of a larger body, the South Shore Rim trail system and this includes Laurentian University and Laurentian Nordic. The principal aim of the latter is to develop skiers at the competitive level. 

Until recently all the grooming equipment has been housed at the University. Each time that the BioSki trails had to be track-set all necessary equipment would have to either driven over via a link or trucked by road. Funds were raised in 2009 to enable BioSki to purchase a 60” YTS Ginzugroomer track setter from Yellowstone Track Systems. In the autumn of 2010 BioSki purchased and erected a 12 x 16 ft. steel shed to house the groomer. In the near future a snowmachine to pull the groomer will also be put at the same location.

The trail system is laid out in the form of “nested” loops. This configuration has the advantage of optimizing the use of the available terrain while maximizing the total trail distance. The system was designed primarily with the recreational skier in mind while, at the same time, being sufficiently demanding to satisfy the serious or competitive skier. The emphasis, however, has been on aesthetics and safety. The designers of the system, both professional ecologists, have attempted to weave the trails into the landscape rather that to impose them on the landscape. All trails are relatively narrow and long, straight sections of trail have been minimized. With few exceptions the downhill run-outs are straight for the sake of safety.

The “Classic Five”, a 5 km trail, may be regarded as the heart of the system with other trails either cutting across it or connecting with it. The system offers a whole range of options with trail lengths of: 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 5, 7.5, and 10 km. Kurt’s Trail (1.8 km) is mostly flat and popular with beginners and families with young children. The “Flat Five” is a five kilometre trail that has been laid out in such a way as to by-pass steep hills. This trail is suited to those wishing to avoid the most challenging hills and to times when icy conditions make the hills hazardous. 

The principal trail junctions have names that are indicated by routed, wooden signs and a “You are here” indicates the same junction on a map. At each junction the map clearly indicates the direction of travel. In addition, all trails are signed by colour according to distance and degree of difficulty.

A five kilometre trail, on the north side of the Moonlight Beach Rd, is dedicated solely to snowshoeing with cut-offs for those who prefer a shorter distance. The trail may be accessed either from the ski cottage or from the Moonlight Beach Road. The two highest points on the trail afford scenic views; one to the north over Lake Ramsey and the other (known by snowshoers as “Mount Ramsey”) overlooks the entire area.

Small Biz Net:

How to Take Free Small Business Courses Online

Ins and Outs of Starting, Funding, Managing, and Growing a Business

http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-take-free-small-business-courses-online-a100418

Mar 6, 2009 Daniel Gansle

Starting a small business can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Here are a few places on the web where the entrepreneur can take free business courses.

Many people would like to strike out on their own and start a small business. Whether a consulting business, hair salon, dry cleaning business, franchise, or deli, the American dream of owning a business is alive and well despite poor economic conditions.

Starting a small business is exciting, yet not without its challenges. Of the numerous considerations staring in the face of the entrepreneur is how to obtain loans and financing, how to write a business plan, and how to understand federal tax requirements.

Fortunately, help can be found at the click of a mouse. And best of all, it's totally free.

Free Online Business Courses from the SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an extremely useful resource for the entrepreneur. The SBA offers numerous free online courses designed to ensure the success of any small business. Targeted course modules include

Registration with a valid e-mail account is required to take free online SBA business courses. Entrepreneurs can also view business courses by new or most popular. Instructions are provided in Spanish as well as English.

Free Online Business Courses from My Own Business

My Own Business is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed in their small businesses.

The entire website is an online business course with such features as small business checklists, top do’s and don’ts, video and audio advice from business professionals, sample templates and business plans, and quizzes. Business courses include

Additionally, My Own Business offers a 276-page business course textbook and an online certificate business course option (fees apply).

Free Online Business Courses from Trump University

The infamous Donald Trump of “You’re Fired!” fame has created Trump University.com, an information-packed website whose mission is to teach success to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Trump University’s Be a Successful Entrepreneur page features numerous online business courses. While the majority of the courses require formal application and fees, some are listed as being free of charge. Free business courses include Write a Business Plan and Startup Funding.

Industry-Specific Free Online Business Courses

A brief search on the web may reveal additional industry-specific free online business courses. For example, the website LawnCareDirectory.com is specifically devoted to helping entrepreneurs start a lawn care business.

LawnCareDirectory.com features a free lawn care business course, a lawn care business kit, lawn care resources, and lawn care business forms and letters. Resources for lawn and property owners include lawn care quotes, local lawn care professionals, and lawn care ideas.

Free online business courses are highly useful for entrepreneurs. Taking these business courses costs entrepreneurs nothing, yet the wide-ranging information on the do’s and don’ts of starting a small business arms entrepreneurs with the business knowledge they need to succeed.

See related articles, "How to Finance a Small Business With an SBA Loan," "Small Business Ideas," and "How to Start a Business."

On Air Book Blog: 

The Self-sufficient Life and How to Live It

Review

"John Seymour, self-sufficiency guru, offers a wealth of ideas to get you started." -- Sentinel

"This book ... will appeal to those seeking simpler and environmentally responsible ways of living ..." -- Library Journal

Product Description

The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the only book that teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more. This new edition includes 150 new full color illustrations and a special section in which John Seymour the father of the back to basics movement explains the philosophy of self-sufficiency and its power to transform lives and create communities. More relevant than ever in our high-tech world, The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the ultimate practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.

Featured on todays program

Urban Homestead - Self Sufficiency Wrap Up w/ Jules Dervaes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hummPBWNX4

Science Rules:

Tired, Sure, but Is It From Lyme Disease or Chronic Fatigue?

from Science News

Proteins found in the spinal fluid may serve as biomarkers to help doctors cut through the clutter of symptoms that show up in two groups of patients--those with chronic fatigue syndrome and others with lingering effects from Lyme disease.

Different sets of proteins discovered in the two groups indicate these are distinct and distinguishable disorders and that both involve the central nervous system, researchers report in the February PLoS One.

"This provides strong evidence of a biological component" in these conditions, says study coauthor Steven Schutzer, a physician and immunologist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark. "There are abnormalities in the spinal fluid, which is really a liquid window on the brain."

http://ow.ly/43jJi

How Many Stars Can You See?

from Sky & Telescope

With half of the world's population now living in cities, many urban dwellers have never experienced the wonderment of pristinely dark skies--and maybe they never will. This loss, caused by light pollution, is a concern on many fronts besides our ability to view the stars: safety, energy conservation, cost, health, and effects on wildlife.

Even though light pollution is a serious and growing global concern, it is one of the easiest environmental problems you can address on local levels. Participation in the international star-hunting campaign, GLOBE at Night, helps to address the light pollution issue locally as well as globally.

This year, organizers have planned two campaigns. During the first one, from February 21st through March 6th, you're invited to record the brightness of the night sky. The second campaign runs from March 22nd through April 4th in the Northern Hemisphere and from March 24th through April 6th in the Southern Hemisphere.

http://ow.ly/43k1L

Researchers Convince People They Have Three Arms

from Scientific American

A knife-wielding researcher is bearing down on your right hand--or is it your hand? You see three arms in front of you, and you can feel your palms dampen with fear-induced perspiration. But is it your right hand the kitchen knife is plunging toward, or a false, rubber right hand?

The dilemma might sound ridiculous, but tell that to the 154 healthy adult volunteers who found themselves persuaded into feeling like they really did have three arms. Their uncanny ordeals are detailed in a study published online February 23 in PLoS ONE.

The rubber-hand illusion has been a popular perception experiment for more than a decade. In it, a research subject's real hand is hidden from view while a fake rubber hand is substituted in plain sight. Both hands are simultaneously stroked with a brush until the person's mind has come to perceive the fake hand as part of their body. In some people ... the real hand then starts to get ignored by the brain, marked by a discernable temperature drop. The concept has also helped some amputees alleviate pain in phantom limbs.

http://ow.ly/43k5r

Trail Head:

Hiking the Appalachian Trail Through the Mountains of 14 States

The trail one of the most popular walking paths in the United States. It is more than 3,400 kilometers long.

http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/a-23-2008-02-05-voa3-83135767.html

VOICE ONE:

I’m Faith Lapidus.

VOICE TWO:

And I’m Steve Ember with EXPLORATIONS in VOA Special English.  Today, we tell about one of the most popular walking paths in the United States, the Appalachian Trail.

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VOICE ONE:

One of the most popular activities enjoyed by Americans is spending time in forests and walking along paths through the country. This activity, called hiking, has led to the creation of paths throughout the United States. Some of these paths, or trails, are short. Some are only a few kilometers. Others are many hundreds of kilometers.

One of the longest is the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The trail is the first completed part of the National Trails System.  The trails system was established by Congress and the President in nineteen sixty-eight. 

VOICE TWO:

The Appalachian Trail is more than three thousand four hundred kilometers long.  It starts in the northeastern state of Maine and ends in the southeastern state of Georgia. The trail goes through fourteen states.

They are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia.

The path takes walkers through the Appalachian Mountains. They extend from the Canadian Province of Quebec to the southern American state of Alabama.

VOICE ONE:

The Appalachian Mountains are among the oldest on Earth. They first began forming about one thousand million years ago. During the millions of years since then, the mountains were changed and reformed by the forces of water and wind. Ice also changed the mountains, making many of them smaller and digging valleys and lakes among them. Many different kinds of trees grow along the trail. And many different kinds of animals live in the forests along the trail.

Land along the trail is protected by the federal government and by state governments.  Some parts are not protected by the government directly.  Instead, they are protected by legal agreements with private owners willing to permit people to walk across their property.

VOICE TWO:

Walkers on the Appalachian Trail pass through some of the great valley systems of the mountains. They can look down into these beautiful valleys and see farms and forests stretching across the land for many kilometers. Farmland in the valleys is rich and productive. And some of the great events in American history took place in the valleys. For example, one of the great battles of the American Civil War was fought in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

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VOICE ONE:

The Appalachian Trail was the idea of Benton MacKaye. Mister MacKaye first proposed creating the trail in nineteen twenty-one. Although there were many separate trails in different parts of the eastern United States, most of them were not connected. In nineteen twenty-five, representatives of several private organizations met in Washington, D.C. and formed the Appalachian Trail Conference.

Their idea was to create a trail connecting the two highest mountains in the eastern United States -- Mount Washington in New Hampshire, and Mount Mitchell in Georgia. It was another five years before development of the trail began, under the direction of Myron Avery. Seven years after Mister Avery took control of the project, the Appalachian Trail was completed.  This happened on August fourteenth, nineteen thirty-seven.

VOICE TWO:

Creating the trail was a difficult job that involved the work of many thousands of people.  But there were no public celebrations or events to observe its opening.  Public knowledge of the trail grew slowly. Today, it is one of the most famous trails in the world. However, it is not the longest hiking trail. Two others in the western United States are longer. They are the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Still, the Appalachian Trail is the most famous.

VOICE ONE:

People from around the world come to see the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes, rivers, and valleys near the Appalachian Trail.  The trail makes it possible to see much of this beauty without having to see cities, towns, and other parts of the modern world. Instead, people can see many places along the trail that look very much the way they did before humans arrived many thousands of years ago.

This is one of the main reasons why the Appalachian Trail is so popular among Americans, especially those living in the eastern United States. The trail is not far from most of the major cities along the eastern coast, such as New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  It provides a place where people from these cities can leave behind the worries of modern life to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature.

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VOICE TWO:

Most people who use the Appalachian Trail go mainly for short walks that last for less than a day. Many of them want to look at the different kinds of plants and animals that live along the trail. 

For many other people, the Appalachian Trail provides a chance to spend several days camping and hiking. They walk along the trail carrying all the things they will need to survive for several days. These hikers carry food, cooking equipment, water, sleeping bags and temporary shelters called tents.

VOICE ONE:

In New Hampshire's White Mountains, there are special camps along the Appalachian Trail where people can stay.  The Appalachian Mountain Club operates these camps. The club is one of the thirty-two groups that belong to the Appalachian Trail Conference. Volunteers in these groups supervise and operate the Appalachian Trail through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has about ninety thousand members. It is the oldest conservation organization in the United States.

VOICE TWO:

The Appalachian Mountain Club operates several camps along ninety kilometers of the trail.  Each camp provides hikers with shelter, beds and food.  Each camp is located about a day's walk from the next one.

These camps are so popular that it is necessary to request to stay at one a year ahead. It is especially difficult to find a place in such camps during summer weekends.

Many people hike along the trail to such camps with their families. Writer Eileen Ogintz is one of those people who stayed at an Appalachian Mountain Club camp with her family.  She found it very different from what her family does every day at home. She and her family had to hike up a mountain path in the rain to get to their camp.  There are no radios or televisions.  So families spend time talking with each other.  After two days in the wilderness, her family enjoyed the experience.

VOICE ONE:

The Ogintz family’s two days on the Appalachian Trail is similar to the experience of many people.  The first part is difficult.  But the rewards of experiencing nature are very satisfying. This may be enough for most people. But there are some people who want more than just a day or weekend on the trail. These people try to walk from the beginning of the trail to the end.

They usually start at Springer Mountain in Georgia in the early spring. Generally, they hike the more than three thousand four hundred kilometers to Mount Katahdin in Maine in five to six months.

VOICE TWO:

One person who tried to walk the Appalachian Trail is writer Bill Bryson. Mister Bryson tells the story of his long walking trip in his humorous book “A Walk in the Woods.”  However, he and his friend did not complete the trip as planned.

At the end of their long trip, Mister Bryson and his friend asked each other how they felt about the experience and if they were sad to leave the trail. After thinking about it for a while, the two agreed that they were both happy and sad about ending their trip.

Mister Bryson said he was tired of the trail, but still very interested in it. He became tired of the endless forests, but felt great wonder at their endlessness. He enjoyed the escape from civilization, but wanted its comforts.

At the end of “A Walk in the Woods,” Bill Bryson suggests that his experiences on the Appalachian Trail changed the way he looks at life and the world.

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VOICE ONE:

This Special English program was written by Oliver Chanler.  It was produced by Mario Ritter.  I’m Faith Lapidus.

VOICE TWO:

And I’m Steve Ember.  Join us again next week for EXPLORATIONS in VOA Special English.

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Correction: This report said Mount Mitchell is in Georgia; it is in North Carolina. Hiker Raymond Myers wrote: "Also you say that the Appalachian Trail starts in Maine. That certainly slights Georgia, where over 90 per cent of through hikers start each year!  The trail has a terminus in Maine. It does not 'start' there. Same for Georgia."