Clinton Birthplace Home Established As National Historic Site
The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope, Arkansas, was officially announced as the 394th park in the National Park System following legislation signed by President Obama on March 30, 2009. The formal public dedication was planned for April 16, 2011, with former President Clinton, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service director Jon Jarvis, and U.S. representative Mike Ross expected to attend the ceremony.
The new park joins 20 other homes associated with U.S presidents that are managed by the National Park Service.
After his birth in 1946, the future U.S. president lived with his widowed mother and maternal grandparents in the 2 1/2-story frame house on South Hervey Street for four years. His grandparents helped care for him when his mother was in New Orleans pursuing a nursing degree to support her young son. President Clinton credited his family and the community with helping to shape his understanding of the world and influencing his development.
The Clinton Birthplace Foundation restored the home and opened it to the public in 1997. The historic site is open to the public for tours. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/wicl.
National Natural Landmarks Photo Contest
Looking for a new photo expedition? Try making America’s national natural landmarks your next destination and send the results to the National Park Service’s National Natural Landmarks photo contest.
“We’re in search of images that capture our nation’s diverse and scenic natural features,” said National Park Service director Jon Jarvis. “The contest is an opportunity to learn about these nationally significant natural features and share the experience through photography.” Winning photographs will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Commemorative National Natural Landmarks calendar.
A photographer can submit up to three entries, but each photograph must be from a different national natural landmark. Images of the 13 sites featured in the 2011 calendar will not be accepted. Last year’s winning photos can be seen at www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/currentwinners.cfm.
The National Park Service’s National Natural Landmarks Program recognizes significant examples of biological and geological features and supports the cooperative conservation of these important natural areas. National natural landmarks are designated by the Secretary of the Interior following rigorous scientific study. These landmarks include features on private, state, municipal, and federal lands. Program participation is voluntary and not all landmark sites are open to the public. For a complete list of landmarks, accessibility, and information about the National Natural Landmarks Program, visit www.nature.nps.gov/nnl.
Contest entries will be accepted through June 30, 2011, and the winners will be announced in September 2011. For full contest information and submission requirements, visit www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/photocontest.cfm.
Pilot Flying J Explains Discount Fueling Procedures, Unveils New Web Site
Pilot Flying J recently provided updated information about how consumers receive the fuel discounts at the different fueling lanes found at its 550 interstate locations throughout North America. Below are the detailed procedures to make sure you receive your discount at any lane, any time.
Frequent Fueler Advantage loyalty program cardholders will always receive the cash price and 3 cents per gallon off diesel fuel and 2 cents per gallon off gasoline at any Pilot or Flying J. However, the process necessary to receive the discount varies depending on the fueling lane that is used.
RV or Regular Auto Lanes: Insert your credit card first at the pump, and then insert your loyalty card second at the pump. (As of March 14, 2011, Visa is the only credit card that will allow you to fuel up to $495 in one transaction in RV lanes.)
Truck Diesel Lanes: Insert only the loyalty card at the pump to enable it to start. Do not insert any other card, such as a credit card, at the pump or the transaction will fail. Pump the fuel; hang up the nozzle; pull forward; and go inside to pay. Even if the transaction is paid for with a credit card inside the store, the customer will still receive the cash price and 3 cents per gallon discount.
All Pilot Flying J loyalty cards, regardless of their age, can be used to receive the discount. Just make sure to register the card at www.frequentfueleradvantage.com or at cashier desks and kiosks at Pilot and Flying J locations.
The company also announced that it has launched a new Web site, www.pilotflyingj.com, to better serve its customers by providing enhanced, easy-to-navigate information about locations, products, and services, as well as fuel prices. Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J merged in July 2010 and the new site unites two brands online.
Customers can access a mobile version of the new Web site by visiting www.pilotflyingj.com on their smartphones. Pilot Flying J also welcomes customers to connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, or by signing up for the Pilot Flying J mailing list.