On The Light Side
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Rosa Beyer wants one thing in particular today when she celebrates her 106th birthday.
″All I care is that we go out and dance. I want to celebrate,″ Mrs. Beyer said Wednesday at a party in her honor at the Colerain Township Senior Citizens Center, where she received birthday greetings from President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.
Mrs. Beyer is a celebrity on the city’s West Side, where her family has operated a home-grown vegetable stand for many years. Last year, she was grand marshal of a local parade.
Although she has cut back on her activities, Mrs. Beyer said she is not yet ready to join what she calls the ″can’t″ club.
″I figure it this way: I’ve lived this long because God has something he wants me to do, and I haven’t done it yet,″ she said.
″But, you know what, even if I knew what it was he wanted, I think I’d wait a couple of years yet to do it.″
HONOLULU (AP) - Flagpoles, skyscrapers, radio towers, and perhaps even some very slender, upright people will lose their shadows briefly today as Hawaii begins experiencing ″shadowless″ noons.
″It happens every year during summer solstice when the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun at a maximum degree,″ said Dr. Walter Steiger, director of the Bishop Museum Planetarium.
Hawaii is the only place in the United States where this phenomenon, in which the sun appears directly overhead, occurs, Steiger said. It also occurs in other areas in the tropics, he said.
The first shadowless noon in Hawaii was to occur on Kauai at 12:43 p.m., HST, today. The Honolulu occurrance is expected at 12:37 p.m. on July 16.
″There’s no particular significance,″ Steiger said. ″It’s just an interesting bit of trivia.″
MIAMI (AP) - It’s a far cry from the dog pound, but the Humane Society of Greater Miami has developed ″Apartments For Pets,″ which offer luxury air- conditioned quarters with ceiling fans, furniture, simulated brick exteriors and back doors to the yard.
The apartments also have sky-blue wallpaper speckled with puffy, painted clouds, patios, porch lights and wrought-iron mailboxes that hold adoption papers for the society’s homeless charges.
Humane society officials hope the six one-room units at the society’s existing animal shelter in Miami will encourage more people to adopt pets.
″I think it’s more conducive to adopt a pet this way,″ said Caroline Knowles, a member of the society’s board of directors. ″People will enjoy coming out here more. This is unique.″