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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 59 Sept 2008 
  • Greetings from the Editor
  •  by Carol Hall
  • Free books 
  • by Michelle Morgan
  • FAQ
  •  by Matt Stephens
  • Buying Books Online 
  • by Ruben Bybee
  • School lunches
  •  by Gena Bybee
  • Back to School Crossword 
  • by BMI Staff
  • A little Humor
  •  by Carol Hall
  • Back to School Kids 
  • by Rochelle Helms
  • Back to school prep
  •  by Victor Luna
  • PictureFind 
  • by BMI Staff
  • The Hardest Part of Goin ...
  •  by Erich Nuefeld
  • Online Dictionaries 
  • by Gena Bybee
  • Spokane WA
  •  by Mike Rochelle
  • WordFind Puzzle 
  • by BMI Staff
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    Greetings from the Editor
    by Carol Hall

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    Greetings to all of you! This month The On Ramp contains articles about getting ready for and helpful information about "Back To School".  I love this time of year!  Although I no longer have young school age children, I still enjoy the thrill of all the back to school supplies available in the stores.  AND....I especially enjoy the mountains of "mini-candy bars" they put out to encourage parents to put treats in their kids sack lunches.  I stock up on my own stash!  Those little candy bars will be readily available through Back to School....and past Halloween.  Then....they just change the wrappings into Christmas colors...then Valentine colors...then Easter colors.  So, I guess it is only the summer months that they are not readily available.  In any case....I enjoy them!

        I hope you enjoy this edition of The On Ramp, and as always, I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at

    by Matt Stephens

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    Hello again everyone, it's that time again!  Can you believe how fast this year is flying by? It's crazy. I turned 30 last year and it seems like every year since I turned 27 has been going by faster and faster and faster.

    This past month I have seen a few calls from our customers that are along the same lines, and I figured I... - CONTINUED

    School lunches
    by Gena Bybee

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    Here are a couple of New Twists on packed lunches for school

    Take-To-School Taco Bar If your kid loves taco night, surprise them with a do-it-yourself taco bar that fits neatly into t... - CONTINUED

    A little Humor
    by Carol Hall

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    School Humor

    Back to school prep
    by Victor Luna

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    Prepare your kids for back to school. I made a list of some websites with helpful hints to prepare your kids for school. Everything from spending time to get their school supplies to teaching your kids about safety:


    The Hardest Part of Going to School
    by Erich Nuefeld

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    I've reached a conclusion that the hardest part of going to school just that, actually going. It's easy to pay the money (if you have it), sign up for classes and have it set in your mind that you're now "in school".  But actually having the will to make it the #1 priority is tough.

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    Spokane WA
    by Mike Rochelle

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    Spokane Falls was a gathering place for the area's indigenous people due to the abundance of salmon in the Spokane River.

    The first European settlement at Spokane Falls was a fur trading post operated by the British North West Company and, later, the Hudson's Bay Com... - CONTINUED

    Free books
    by Michelle Morgan

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    It's back-to-school season, which reminds us of kids and books. As an avid reader of sci-fi, I'm always interested in getting my nieces and nephews interested in the genre.

    One of my favorite science fiction imprints, Baen Books, has posted - CONTINUED

    Buying Books Online
    by Ruben Bybee

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    Buying books online is a great way to save cash on your back to school purchases. My daughter, has been using Amazon for the past several years and she has consistently saved anywhere from 50% to 75% off the prices she would have paid at the college book stores.

    But, be careful to pick the exact same titles and versions and b...

    Back to School Crossword
    by BMI Staff

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    Visit our Back to School Crossword now.

    Back to School Kids
    by Rochelle Helms

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    Back to school time has arrived. Some kids will be excited and some, not so much. My mission, this month, is to find activities and sites that make school fun. This site makes getting to class a game. It works with a high speed connection best. Not too worry, I have something for everyone! CONTINUED

    by BMI Staff

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    Congratulations to Janet T. of Pendleton, OR for winning the drawing for the August 2008 Picturefind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our Sept 2008 PictureFind now.

    Online Dictionaries
    by Gena Bybee

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    Online dictionaries have many links to a lot of cool learning tools, a word of the day, crossword puzzles as well as other word games. Some even have online translators and yet others have spell checkers. There are many different dictionaries available, each with their own set of features and tools.

    The online dictionaries let you search by typing a word in a search bar. So, the age old question is "If I don't know how to spell it, how can I find it?" Not to worry... if you spell it wrong they will give you suggestions of words similar to the one you typed in. You just click on one, and it gives you the definition so you can see if it is the right one. Some dictionaries even let you search by word definition.

    Merriam Webster:
    This is my favorite:
    It features a free online dictionary and thesaurus, word games, a word of the day, and many other English language and vocabulary reference tools. It has a fun link for kids (a tab at the top) called Word Central that has lot of cool learning tools. You can build your own dictionary, or look up words in a student dictionary. It also has a "daily Buzzword" that allows you to click on it for an audio pronunciation of it.

    The Free Dictionary:
    This is a free online dictionary and thesaurus, with an encyclopedia link. This is the one that allows you to search by word definition. In addition, this site has a "Word of the Day" and a "Quote of the Day" and an "Article of the day". This features a free online Dictionary, Thesaurus, Crossword Puzzle, Word Games, a Word of the Day and an Online Translator.

    Online dictionary and thesaurus. You have to "register" first, before you can do anything, even the crossword puzzle helper, so it is not one of my favorites.

    This is a rhyming dictionary and has link to a thesaurus too. It features a search for rhyming words, has reference tools, and a spell checker.

    All of these sites are not only helpful to a student, but just plain entertaining to the "word-minded". Have some fun and take a look!

    A Word of Caution: all these sites have advertisements.

    WordFind Puzzle
    by BMI Staff

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    Congratulations Dodie W. of Central City, IA for winning the drawing for the August 2008 Wordfind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our Sept 2008 Wordfind now.

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