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March 14, 2013

What's in a name? For Nabisco, a nearby town

Words and names fascinate me. 

Sometimes we say words, but never think about where they originated. Recently, I was reading a book on food names and learned how Fig Newtons got their name. In 1898, the Kennedy Biscuit Co. was one of several New England bakeries that merged. They formed a company called the National Biscuit Co., nicknamed Nabisco. What an interesting name formation from three words. When the company developed a new product, they always named the item after local areas. A fig cookie was created in 1891 which they named for Newton, Mass. Fig Newtons became a favorite very quickly and has been manufactured continuously since then.

Cookies are one of my favorite things, and there is a cardinal rule by which a cookie eater (me) must always abide. You always have to have two, one for each hand. Oh, and a glass of milk. My husband doesn’t even ask anymore — he just hands me two. Total satisfaction.


We’ve received many new children’s books from the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Foundation. Check out some of these new titles for your children.

“The Very Beary Tooth Fairy” by Arthur Levine follows little bear Zach who has a loose tooth. His family is going on a picnic, and his mom warns him to stay away from people. He wonders who the tooth fairy might be, and if it is a human, will she visit him when he loses his tooth? When his tooth finally falls out, he tucks it under his pillow and hopes for a visit. Will the tooth fairy visit him?


Dump trucks, backhoes, bulldozers, graders, and more will captivate children in “Construction Kitties” by Judy Goodwin-Sturges. These kitties work hard all day long on the machines as they build something. Young children will eagerly follow along to find out what they are building.

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