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BULL RIDING SCHOOL

CANAAN, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut may not seem like rodeo country. But don't tell that to "J.W." Gowan. He runs what's billed as New England's only bull-riding school. Gowan is a professional bull rider from Georgia, who fell in love with a woman who owns a Connecticut horse farm. In four years, Gowan says he's taught more than 300 people the fundamentals of bull riding. And there are a lot more who want to learn. Gowan tells a local paper (Republican-American of Waterbury) he has a waiting list of 1,000 wannabe cowboys.

RECYCLED HOUSE

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- Ben and Lynn James say they're astonished by what some people throw away. And lots of those discards have ended up in their home. The door and wall to the home office came from an old barn door. The house also has everything from reused old telephone poles to a microwave that came from the county dump. Lynn James jokes to a local paper (Elizabeth City Daily Advance) her quest to recycle borders on hoarding.

TIME CAPSULE

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- It's a mystery of time -- in the form of a time capsule. A renovation crew has discovered what appears to be a time capsule at the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland. Library's director Mary Baykan says they believed the time capsule dates from August of 1966. Library officials say they could find no instructions on when the capsule should be opened. But they fear the contents may have been damaged by air or water leaks. Library officials tell a local paper (Herald-Mail) they've decided to open the time capsule after Labor Day then upgrade the container and rebury it.

YARD SALE ADDICT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) -- Getting up before dawn on a Saturday morning is just the start of the hunt. But Jim Daniels isn't looking for big game -- he's hunting for yard sales. The Decatur, Alabama, man admits he's a yard sale junkie. He says the quest for hidden treasure has kept him going since he was a kid. He tells the Decatur Daily his addiction is an illness with no known cure.

HERB THERAPY

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A hospital in western Kentucky is offering herb therapy -- but it's no what you might think. Some patients getting physical and occupational therapy are working in the herb garden at the Owensboro Medical Health System hospital. Therapist Craig Butler says the fresh air and light can do wonders for people cooped up in the hospital. The Messenger-Inquirer reports there are even Lazy Susan style planters that can be accessed by people in wheelchairs.

BALTIMORE AQUARIUM

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The National Aquarium in Baltimore is celebrating its 30th birthday with cupcakes. The aquarium opened 30 years ago today. To celebrate, visitors can grab one of 1,000 birthday cupcakes that will be on display. Also, anyone turning 30 this year can get in the aquarium today for five bucks. Adult admission is normally $24.95.

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