The Road to Conservation Starts at Home!

Text Box: the  NFL   and  the    college   football seasons. The NCAA usually plays their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.
Text Box: Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes ("Nine-Hour Movement") first in Hamilton then Toronto, Ontario in the 1870's. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers' strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882 American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired, he returned to New York and organized the first American "labor day" on September 5 of the same year.
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic Text Box: end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parades.  Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school. However, start dates for schools vary widely, beginning as early as July 24 in urban districts such as Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. 
In addition, Labor Day marks   the  beginning   of
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Text Box: Text Box: Are you or someone you know a singer?  We are looking for a person to sing the National Anthem at the Training Conference at Tan-Tar-A this year.  If you would like to be considered, or Text Box: know of someone who should be considered, please contact:        Peggy Lemons at
gov or 573-893-5188 ext. 3.

Missouri Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

August / September 2009

Volume 2, Issue 8




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September 8


Jefferson City, MO


September 9

Soil & Water Commission

Park Hills, MO


October 14

NE Regional Envirothon

Hannibal, MO


November 4

SW Regional Envirothon

Springfield, MO


November 5

NW Regional Envirothon

Clinton County, MO


Nov 30óDec 2

Training Conference

Tan-Tar-A Resort

Osage Beach, MO