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Whirls of Squirrels! Have you ever watched squirrels in the fall gathering all the acorns they can find? 1. These squirrels build nests in branches and hollows. They do not store food, but bury it to find later. 2. These are the noisiest squirrels. They like to live in forests. They are the smallest of the tree squirrels, but they are very fast. 3. These squirrels sleep during the day. They move and eat at night. They climb to high spots in trees, then jump and glide! 4. These members of the squirrel family – woodchucks, prairie dogs and marmots – all have burrows in the earth. They store food and hibernate in winter. 5. These dig burrows. They have dark and light stripes on their faces. They carry food in cheek pouches to store it for the winter. They sleep, but they wake up to nibble food. 1. may be as small as a mouse or as large as a _________ 2. fur ______ may be gray, golden brown, red, black or white 3. four sharp front ones; can bite through the hardest nut shells 4. used for steering, balance, shade and warmth 5. use these to hold; bury food 6. over one ________ types of squirrels 7. squirrels ________: bark, squeal and chatter 8. ________ themselves a lot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 9. find nuts with this keen sense 10. ground squirrels have these in cheeks to carry food 11. make these in tree hollows, on branches, in ground 12. fruits, nuts, berries, seeds, insects, eggs are ________ 1 2 3 4 5 FLYING RED TREE CHIPMUNKS GROUND Read the clues to fill in this puzzle: Hmmm...let’s find out what you know about squirrels! Snack break! Read the clues to fill in the puzzle to find out who is at the festival. pouches tail talk nests smell thousand wash teeth paws cat food colors Wheeee! Food for Winter The Mighty Oak Tree Help the squirrels race to find acorns to store in their nests before the cold weather comes. Look at the acorns to the left and below. Circle the two acorns that are the same. Incoming! A Nutty Feast! Squirrels love nuts! How many different kinds of nuts can you name? The nuts below were served at a feast. Can you find and circle them? almond pecan peanut chestnut walnut C H E S T N U T K E D V S Z P I F G B H U T F R D E A C G N A C E P I L T A L M O N D V G D A M O U T V L Y C R D W S Q A U G B F S O Y G F B G L P I S T A C H I O T B H F S C E I B U Y T F R D S Q U L J F E O Y R F B I Y J N O K M N V I Y T H W G T I M P O I J H T L F T U N L E Z A H O N R O C A F A B U T F E D Y H G U J V I U E A W C T E D I T U N A E P O pistachio filbert hazelnut acorn cashew He’s always been a bit squirrelly! ACORNS 1 2 3 4 5 6 ducks acorns adult 1. oak wood is used to make boats, flooring and ________ 2. many animals eat acorns; deer, squirrels, chipmunks, ________, and more 3. an oak tree can produce up to 2,000 ________ every year 4. only 1 acorn out of every 10,000 grows enough to become an ________ tree 5. the Oak is the national ________ of the United States 6. a full grown oak can ‘drink’ up to 50 gallons of ________ each day water tree furniture From what tree do acorns fall? Why, the mighty oak tree! Do you know that the acorns are the seeds of the oak tree? Read the clues below to learn more about the oak tree and to fill in the puzzle: Newspaper Fun! Created by Annimills LLC © 2018 Newspaper Fun! www.readingclubfun.com Kids: color stuff in! Annimills LLC © 2018 V15-46 Animals are getting ready for... ...the long, cold winter months ahead. Invitations to a festival were sent on oak leaves to all squirrel family members: 8 The Julian News November 21, 2018 continued on page 10 POST NOTES by Bic Montblanc Hear Ye! Hear Ye! While the world decries the treatment of Aasia Noreen and the very fact that penalties for blasphemy exist in the penal code of Pakistan, don’t forget America’s role in penalties for blasphemy albeit centuries ago. Read this column called “Bewitched” from the week of October 18, 2018 on how early Americans dealt with blasphemers in their time. Solution on page 12 Blasphemy by Joachin de Bachs Not only did our “Founding Fathers” bestow a great gift to the American people in 1789 when the constitution was adopted, they set up a system of government and a bill of rights that is one of the oldest and coveted on the face of the earth. It provided the template for a system of government, law and rights that is nearly 230 years old. The first sentence of the first amendment deals with our right to worship whatever God or religion we choose, without governmental oversight or approval. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Now, no one is naive enough to believe that individual religious prejudice doesn’t exist because it has, it does and probably will in the future. The big “but” though, is that institutionally, intolerance of religion or the support or establishment of a religion flies in the face of the constitution and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. While we as Americans enjoy this basic human right that is guaranteed in our founding document, we are naive to the oppression by state religions throughout the world. A recent example is the case of Asia Bibi in Pakistan. Asia (Aasia Noreen) is a Pakistani Christian whose numbers amount to about one percent of Pakistani religions. What is unremarkable in Pakistan, is that she was accused of blasphemy. Her penalty was severe. She was sentenced to death by hanging. While the death penalty is not always applied, those accused of the crime are often murdered prior to any trial. Blasphemy and its punishment are not just a religious penalty, it is part of the Pakistan penal code Section 295 c, that has penalties ranging from fines to death. Asia who was about 38 at the time of her alleged crime in 2009 was a farmhand working on a berry farm. She was told by her co-workers to get water from a nearby well. At the well she took a drink from a cup that the Muslim women had used and she was berated by a co-worker (her neighbor) who told her she was forbidden to use the same cup as them because she was “unclean” because of her religion. Her accuser testified that they berated Asia demanding that she convert to Islam and testified that Asia said, "I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?” Later that day a mob beat Asia and her family at her home prior to the police arriving to arrest her. In the local jail, a police officer claimed that Asia continued blaspheming Mohammed and the Quran. The local Muslim leader began his campaign of urging people to testify against Asia and used the mosque loudspeakers to enrage the community. Asia was imprisoned and remained jailed for over a year without formal charges. In November of 2010 she was tried by a court in Punjab. Denying she ever blasphemed the Profit, she said her neighbor only accused her because of an ongoing feud, she was sentenced to hang. “I cried alone, putting my head in my hands. I can no longer bear the sight of people full of hatred, applauding the killing of a poor farm worker. I no longer see them, but I still hear them, the crowd who gave the judge a standing ovation, saying: "Kill her, kill her! Allahu Akbar!" The court house is invaded by a euphoric horde who break down the doors, chanting: "Vengeance for the holy prophet. Allah is great!" I was then thrown like an old rubbish sack into the van... I had lost all humanity in their eyes.” Governor Taseer of Punjab investigated Asia’s case for President Zadari. Documents from the trial were rife with inconsistent testimony causing Taseer to state that unless the High Court suspended the sentence, Zadari would pardon Asia. The Court then issued a stay preventing a pardon. Asia Noreen was put in solitary confinement in a cell with no windows. The prison superintendent isolated her because of the incidents of blasphemers being killed by other inmates. Governor Taseer continued to lobby for her and visited her in prison. He was assassinated. Pakistani Minister of Minority Affairs who was also actively campaigning for Noreen’s release as well as ending blasphemy laws was also assassinated. Human rights groups continued to press for her release and an appeal hearing scheduled in 2014 was cancelled for the fifth time. Noreen had to prepare her own food from concerns of poisoning and continued to suffer abuse from guards. Her health was failing badly. In October, 2014 the Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence and in November 2014 her case was appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. That court suspended the death sentence until additional appeals could be heard by the lower court. Her appeal scheduled for March, 2016 was delayed until October. At that time one of the three judges on the appeals court resigned, once again delaying the case. In April 2017 a request for a new hearing in June was denied. Keep in mind that Asia Noreen had been in solitary confinement since 2010. Finally, on October 31, 2018 under enormous international pressure both for and against acquittal and with Pakistan in a state of extreme agitation by fundamentalists calling for her death, the Supreme Court ruled. The Senior Justice wrote in part, “The statements made before the trial court revealed that the alleged blasphemy had been committed by the Christian appellant after her Muslim co-workers had insulted the appellant’s religion and had injured her religious sensibilities only because she believed in and was a follower of Jesus Christ. According to the Holy Qur’an a Muslim’s faith is not complete till he believes in all the Holy Prophets and Messengers of Almighty Allah including Jesus Christ... and all the revealed Holy Books of Almighty Allah including the Holy Bible. From that perspective insulting the appellant’s religion by her Muslim co-workers was no less blasphemous.” Aasia Noreen was free to go. There is a price on her head by the fundamentalist Islamic world. Many countries have offered her and her family asylum. At this time her whereabouts are uncertain as are her attorney’s. in the basement, old batteries are everywhere. As part of your de-cluttering efforts this holiday season, experts say it’s worthwhile to take the time to gather used batteries and properly recycle them. Recycling used batteries is not only good for the environment, but it also can play an important role in keeping families safe this holiday season. Unfortunately, even batteries that appear dead can contain a residual charge, which could lead to a spark. “Along with the thanks we give during the holiday season comes responsibility for the gifts we send and receive,” says Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, Inc. “This includes safely recycling batteries found in many technology products.” Recycle Your Batteries continued from page 2