Ronald Reagan is the new black.
His name has been thrown around ad nauseam by political members of both the right and the left, particularly during recent election years. Even Obama claims to identify with him. Now we know why — Proclamation 5219 (note Proclamation 5218, pretty ironic).
The Gipper, in his infinite wisdom, declared July "National Ice Cream Month," on July 9, 1984 (see Proclamation 5219). He also squeezed in July 15 as "National Ice Cream Day."
From the famed proclamation:
"Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food. Over eight hundred and eighty-seven million gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States in 1983."
Ice cream generates a lot of money: in 1983, the ice cream industry netted approximately $3.5 billion in annual sales. In 2004, for comparison, total ice cream sales produced $21.4 billion. Whoa.
Do your part and eat up — and rest assured we're doing our part here.
July is also Oregon Craft Beer Month, with events taking place across the state. Handmade beer celebrations kick off here with offerings from Astoria's Fort George Brewery at Abbey Pub on July 1. On tap will be their Oatmeal Pale Ale and sample pours of Fort George's Vortex IPA and 1811 Lager will also be available.
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