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Just Chillin


dens, meadows, vistas of vine- yards, and the rivers that flow t hr o ug h S o n o m a County! I can envi- sion his joyful face, his shining brown eyes, taking in the grand red-


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woods, breathing a happy sigh to be outdoors, witnessing Na- ture in all its glory. But, I cannot picture how he


would have responded to the sight of the incredible Bun- ya-Bunya that are such a giant surprise here and there around Santa Rosa! Bunya-Bunya pines have a botanical


marvelous Aracauria bidwilli. name: Fine bo-


tanical books tell you that they are living fossils. Tey grew around the world in the Juras- sic period! And, also on Gond- wana landmasses. In Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South America, and New Cale-


ow my father would have loved all the trees, shrubs, flowers, gar-


donia. Bunya trees that grow to almost 150 feet in height are not precisely pines. Tey are similar to monkey puzzle trees. Bunyas, however can grow cones as big as footballs, s om e - t im es weighing about 20 pounds! When the ripe cones fall to the g r o u n d t h eir seeds are revealed. Ta k i n g t h r e e y e a r s until a ripe crop drops, usually January, the seeds reach two inches in size are said to be delicious, some- what like roasted chestnuts in taste. Natives created feasts when harvesting the delicious and nutritious seeds and are


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Weird Facts & Trivia - 2 See the Bunya-Bunya Trees! by Ellie Schmidt of Santa Rosa, CA. ~ eschmidt@upbeattimes.com


still protective about the trees. Turns out Bunyas are espe-


cially valued as “tonewood,” since artisans can create fine sounding, b e auti f ul string in- struments from the s p ec i al wood.


up


Gazing at


the


sky, while standing at the base of one of these marvelous cre a t ions of Nature g r o w i n g right here in Santa Rosa, I had a sweet rec- ol le c tion. Oddly, it re-


minded me of wonderful walks in woods and parks, holding tight to my father’s hand when I was a small, unsteady child; and I firmly believed he was my tower of strength forever. How lucky indeed would be


every child in the world to have such a tender-hearted, loving father. During my late father’s all too short life, he proved to be an extremely loving son, husband, dad, brother, uncle, trusted friend, beloved grand-


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Mustard is a weedy annual herb belonging to the Cruciferae family. Mustard is related to a number of vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The plant has large, thick, jagged leaves of a dark green color and is found in most temperate regions of the world.


The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was 312.2 m high when it was first built. An antenna brings it up to 318.7 m. There are 1665 steps up to the top.


BUYING U.S. GOLD COINS


$1.00 GOLD...............................................................$140.00 & up $2.50 GOLD...............................................................$190.00 & up $3.00 GOLD...............................................................$550.00 & up $5.00 GOLD...............................................................$250.00 & up $10.00 GOLD.............................................................$500.00 & up $20.00 GOLD..........................................................$1,100.00 & up $50.00 GOLD 1851 to 1855..................................$10,000.00 & up


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SILVER DIMES 1964 & Before....................................... $.94 & up SILVER QUARTERS 1964 & Before..............................$2.35 & up SILVER HALF 1964 & Before.........................................$4.70 & up SILVER HALF 1965 to 1970...........................................$1.35 & up SILVER DOLLAR 1878 to 1904....................................$17.00 & up SILVER DOLLAR 1921 to 1935....................................$12.00 & up


HALF CENTS 1793-1857 LARGE CENTS 1793-1857


BUYING – OLDER U.S. COINS –BUYING DIMES 1796-1891


$30.00 & up $10.00 & up


FLYING EAGLE CENTS 1856-1858 $12.00 & up TWO & THREE CENTS 1851-1889 HALF DIMES 1794-1873


SHIELD NICKELS 1866-1883 LIBERTY NICKELS 1883-1913 . BUFFALO NICKELS 1913-1938


$7.00 & up $7.00 & up $8.00 & up .40 & up .25 & up


TWENTY CENTS 1875-1878 QUARTERS 1796-1891


HALF DOLLARS 1794-1839 HALF DOLLARS 1839-1891 DOLLARS 1794-1804


TRADE DOLLARS 1873-1885


$7.00 & up $55.00 & up $11.00 & up $30.00 & up $14.00 & up $700.00 & up $45.00 & up


SEATED DOLLARS 1840-1873 $150.00 & up


2490 W. 3rd St. The corner of W. 3rd St. & Fulton 544-1621


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Find out what your gift is and nurture it. ~ Katy Perry UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • JUNE 2019 • Pg 5


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