Here Comes the Sun, Solstice and a School Bond Measure
by Julie Ross
Jun 06, 2010 | 1110 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Writer James Dent has summed it up: “The perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.”

Aaaah, summer. But before the season officially begins with the solstice on June 21 (more on that three paragraphs down), and in fact even before the school year ends, we all have something very important to do. Vote on June 8.

I know most of us have already decided to vote YES on Measure C – the local school facilities improvement bond -- because we care about the quality of life in our community.

So this is just a reminder. The $348 million raised by approving Measure C will repair leaky roofs and windows at our neighborhood schools, upgrade science labs, improve energy efficiency with solar power to cut utility bills, plus a variety of other repair-and-enhancement projects at every single school in Pleasant Hill and throughout the district.

And finally, Measure C only renews the tax rate approved in the 2002 local school bond, without increasing property owners’ taxes. No Measure C funds can be taken by the state; every penny stays right here in the downtrodden Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Vote YES.

OK, now back to the summer solstice, my favorite day in June. Way back before “Spare the Air” days came into vogue, Germanic, Slav and Celtic couples jumped through huge bonfires on this day, believing the crops would grow as high as they could leap.

Druids and their contemporaries considered June’s full moon to be the best time to harvest honey. Newlyweds consumed beverages made from fermented full-moon honey in hopes it would boost their fertility.

And so, thanks to the ancient types, we have something to call that vacation we take right after our weddings (hint: honey + moon), which we often have in June, because of course it is most convenient to get married and drink fermented honey in between the busy spring planting and fall harvest seasons.

Here’s to a happy June, the month that brings us summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but also hosts the last day of school, which the kids I’ve talked to think is the longest day of the year.

After we’re done with voting and school’s out for summer, let’s ensure a James-Dent-perfect day by yanking a few key components from the lawn mower engine to render it inoperable. Just need to locate that hammock and whip up a pitcher of fermented honey.

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