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what makes vermont special What Makes Vermont Special? An in-depth look at Vermont State Symbols
Greg Carpenter's What Makes Vermont Special? is much more than just your typical state symbols book. It asks who was the originator behind each symbol? What were they thinking at the time? Why did they pick the symbol? And what can we all learn from it?

Hear from the originators themselves, learn where you can see these symbols within the state and hold a piece of Vermonts history that will remain timeless. [ ON SALE! Get your copy now! ]

New info Volleyball may become official recreational, team sport of Mass.
...kids might not have jerseys or sports cards from its most revered players. But with a stroke of Governor Deval Patrick’s pen, volleyball could become "the official recreational and team sport" of Massachusetts. [ Find out more... ]

New info Long rifle bill is bad history, gun experts say
Patrick Hornberger, who has been curator and co-author of several exhibits and books about Pennsylvania long rifles, including the Reading Museum's current exhibit and upcoming book, "Masterpieces of American Longrifles: The Kindig Family Collection," says he saw Hahn's bill in its original form last year and discovered she was "misinformed," to put it kindly. He and other experts informed her and the co-sponsors of their misgivings. He said he even offered Hahn line-by-line corrections. [ Find out more... ]

New info Shoofly
Will pie fly in Pennsylvania? House Bill No. 2346 is nominating shoofly pie to serve as the commonwealth's official state pie. [ Find out more... ]

New info Missouri governor signs bill declaring the jumping jacks to be official state exercise
Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday adding the jumping jacks to a list of more than two dozen official symbols and things. [ Find out more... ]

Volleyball, invented in Massachusetts, voted state's official 'recreational and team sport'
BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are serving up a special honor for the sport of volleyball. [ Find out more... ]

V. Manuel Pérez, students make frog a California symbol
SALTON CITY – California now has a state amphibian, thanks to some students at Sea View Elementary who believed the red-legged frog was the perfect candidate for the job. [ Find out more... ]

Calamari becomes Rhode Island's official appetizer
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Calamari became the official state appetizer of Rhode Island on Friday when Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed legislation at the town dock here where millions of pounds of squid arrive for processing each year. [ Find out more... ]

Pennsylvania gets two new symbols
Governor Tom Corbett has approved House Bill No. 1989, providing the Commonwealth with two new symbols; the Piper J-3 Cub, as Pennsylvania's official aircraft and the Pennsylvania long rifle as the state's official firearm. Pennsylvania is the fifth state to adopt an official firearm. [ Find out more... ]

Signing ceremony planned for calamari bill
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Maine has lobster, Massachusetts has cod and Rhode Island has calamari.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has planned a signing ceremony Friday for legislation that makes the squid dish the state's official appetizer. [ Find out more... ]

Bill To Make Salt Water Taffy New Jersey’s State Candy Advances
The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would honor the sugar-laden confection with the designation. It now heads to the state Senate. [ Find out more... ]

State Street Intermediate School students revel in helping elevate wood frog's status
"It is great that the wood frog passed the Senate, but it isn’t done yet," she said Monday. "We have three days to talk with the Assembly, or we will have to start again next year. I want them to be proud, but it isn’t a done deal yet."

Manna said people should call Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Assembly Chairman Steve Englebright to get the wood frog on the calendar for Thursday because the session will over at the end of the week.

"Everything is not great," Manna said, adding that her fourth-graders are trying at the last minute to get the Assembly to pass the wood frog bill. "We need your help." [ Find out more... ]

Assembly OKs yogurt 'official' snack status without curdling
ALBANY – Whether you think of yogurt as a snack or not, and no matter how much fun Jon Stewart had poking fun at the notion last month on his comedy show, the State Legislature gave approval Wednesday to making the fermented milk product New York’s official snack. [ Find out more... ]

DeFrancisco bill would designate the wood frog as New York's official amphibian
Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, announced the Senate has passed his bill (S.6206) that would name the wood frog the official amphibian of New York state. [ Find out more... ]

Bill to recognize state firearm draws fire from Phila lawmakers
Legislation to recognize the state's official flora and fauna, even the official cookie, have stirred good-natured debate in the past. [ Find out more... ]

South Carolina gets an official state picnic cuisine
After denigrating her predecessor for his successful campaign to make collard greens the official state vegetable in 2011, Senator Katrina Shealy is victorious with a bill that names barbecue the state's official picnic cuisine. [ Find out more... ]

Nevada desert bighorn sheep symbol of rugged life
If there’s a more perfect state animal for Nevada than the desert bighorn, we’d like to see it. [ Find out more... ]

Virginia Shakespeare Festival to open 36th season in June
The Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg will open its 36th anniversary season at William & Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall on June 25 with a revival of the 2006 hit Illyria: A Musical 12th Night, adapted from Shakespeare's comedy by John Briggs, with music by Briggs and Eric Frampton. [ Find out more... ]


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