It’s National Navy Day! The Morning Thing 10/27/16



Navy Day is observed annually on October 27. It is a day to salute all of the women and men who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.


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The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922.  October 27 was chosen as the date because it was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt. This is also the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy. President Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day.

Navy Day received particular attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

“Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings the Navy has always been, and deserved to be, an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder.”

In 1949, Department of Defense Secretary, Louis A. Johnson, directed that the United States Navy’s participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although, as a civilian organization, the Navy League was not affected by this directive and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before.

It was then in the 1970s that the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775, and CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13 as the new date of Navy Day; however, Navy Day in the United States remains largely recognized as October 27.

Today, we celebrated National Navy Day by introducing you to 2 naval officers.
Logan Rahe is currently deployed to Japan. His special connection to The Morning Thing is through our co-host, Kelsey Bryte. They started dating in July.
Click HERE to hear more about Logan and Kelsey’s story.
Here is a picture of Logan with his Mom Melissa and sister Emily (who attends MVNU and plays volleyball with Kelsey).

We also introduced you to retired naval officer, Jim Harwood. Jim is the grandfather of
co-host Jenna Potts. Click HERE to hear his amazing story of service in the Navy!
Here are some pictures of Jim in the Navy.

Here is a picture of Jenna spending some time with her grandpa and grandma!

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Next to Thanksgiving, this may be the best day of the season! (Yes, Jenna is a little more than excited!) But, how can you not be? This is the perfect day to stop and grab pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread and roasted pumpkin seeds on your way to work! And, when you head home, don’t hesitate to grab pumpkin ice cream or a pumpkin pie to celebrate with the family! #NationalPumpkinDay is the official hashtag for today!

The Morning Thing is ready to celebrate pumpkins with you! On the show we talked about surprising and interesting facts about this amazing fall fruit. Here are a few of our favorite.

  1. Did you know a 2,145-pound pumpkin from Streator, Illinois holds the current North American record? It was grown by Gene McMullen in 2015. The world record is held by Switzerland and it weighed  2,323-pounds!
  2. The word “pumpkin” showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.
  3. A French explorer in 1584 first called them “gros melons,” which translates into Latin as “pepon,” which means large melon. It wasn’t until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.
  4. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds
  5. Canned pumpkin may be recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments.
  6. Pumpkins are 90% water (THAT MEANS THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU AND LOW CALORIE)! One cup of canned pumpkin only has 83 calories and only half a gram of fat. They also have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of heart-healthy magnesium and iron.
  7. There are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin. They range in color like white, yellow and green, and have names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.

For more fun facts, click HERE!

Tonight, you can make your own pumpkin themed dinner! We found 50 different recipes that are perfect for the holiday, HERE!


Take me out to the ballgame….The Morning Thing 10/25/16


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Today’s show was all about BASEBALL! The Morning Thing is helping you to get ready for the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.

We shared some FUN facts about baseball, the World Series and the Cleveland Indians.

Did you know?
-This is the first time the Indians will be in the world series since losing to the Florida Marlins in 1997.
-To reach the World Series the Indians swept the Red Sox (3-0) in the ALDS (American League Division Series) and then defeated the Toronto Blue Jays (4-1) in the ALCS (American League Championship Series) to clinch a World Series appearance.
-The last time they won the world series was 1948. They also won in 1920 giving them two championships in their history which began in 1901.
-Andrew Miller, who the Indians traded for at the trade deadline this year, was named the ALCS (American League Championship Series) MVP.
-They were the AL Central regular season champions with a record of 94-67.
Here are 7 things you might not know about the World Series. Click HERE for the full article from CBC (Canadian Broadcast Channel) – Canada.
Read about the World Series rock start, the curse of the Billy Goat on the Cubs and a perfect game happened in 1956 in a World Series game.

We also shared some FUN facts about baseball. Take a look at the FULL list (all 95 facts) HERE from

  • The base most stolen in a baseball game is second base.
  • The unofficial anthem of American baseball, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” is traditionally sung during the middle of the 7th inning. It was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, both of whom had never been to a baseball game.
  • Mo’ne Davis (2001– ) became the first female to win a Little League World Series baseball game.
  • No woman has ever played in a major league baseball game. American sports executive Effa Louise Manley (1897–1981) is the first and only woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • The life span of a major league baseball is 5–7 pitches. During a typical game, approximately 70 balls are used.
  • While baseball initially started in the U.S., it has spread worldwide. Today more than 100 countries are part of the International Baseball Federation. Japan has the largest pro baseball league outside the U.S.
  • Baseball’s L.A. Dodgers, originally founded in Brooklyn, are named after the legendary skill that that local residents showed at “dodging” the city’s trolley streetcar system.
  • The Boston Americans won baseball’s first World Series in 1903.
  • In 2014, Major League Baseball saw approximately $9 billion in gross revenue, up from $8 billion the previous year.
  • The baseball team with the most World Series wins is the New York Yankees with 27 titles.
  • The first known reference to the word “baseball” was in a 1744 publication by children’s publisher John Newberry called A Little Pretty Pocket-Book.
  • A “can of corn” is an easy fly ball. The term comes from when old-time grocers used their aprons to catch cans knocked from a high shelf.
  • Craig Biggio (1965– ) of the Houston Astros holds the record for a player most often hit by a pitch.
  • In 2008, Dr. David A. Peters found that sliding headfirst into a base is faster than a feet-first slide.
  • Baseball gloves have evolved more than any other piece of the sport’s equipment.
  • The oldest baseball park still in use is Fenway Park, the home field of the Boston Red Sox, which debuted in 1912.
  • The New York Yankees were the first baseball team to wear numbers on their backs, in the 1920s. They initially wore numbers based on the batting order. Babe Ruth always hit third, so he was number 3.
  • For the first half of the 20th century, major league teams barred African-Americans from participating in its baseball games. However, African-Americans formed “Negro Leagues,” which had some of the greatest players of the century.
  • The Yankees’ Mickey Mantle holds the record for the longest home run on record for a 565-foot clout hit at Washington DC’s old Griffith Stadium on April 17, 1953. As a switch hitter, he was batting right-handed against left-handed pitcher Chuck Stobbs from the Washington Senators.
  • There is a rule in baseball that before every game, an umpire should remove the shine from the new baseballs by rubbing them with mud from a creek in Burlington County, New Jersey.

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Celebrate National Food Day with The Morning Thing 10/24/16



(from National Food Day is observed annually on October 24. One of the targets that Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real,” which is defined by them as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.”  National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that can be healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it.


Enjoy some of your favorite healthy foods and use #NationalFoodDay to post on social media.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated National Food Day 2011. It is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24 of each year.

In honor of National Food Day, The Morning Thing shared some fascinating food facts.


Pizza toppings, the NFL wears pink and Drug Take Back Day – The Morning Thing 10/21/16


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It’s Friday!!! Can you feel it? Even though it’s a rainy day, there is a cheerful feeling in the air. We know that the weekend will start soon.
We talked about a lot of different topics today on the show.


We’ll start with PIZZA. Every Friday, The Morning Thing crew shares our Fave 5 – some of our favorite things. This week, we celebrated Pizza Month by sharing our 5 favorite toppings. Click HERE to hear our co-hosts talk about their favorite way to eat pizza. (Joe Rinehart is pinch-hitting for Kelsey Bryte).

We also shared some important news about a Drug Take Back Day happening in Knox County on Saturday 10/22. Click HERE to hear from Knox County Sheriff, David Shaffer.
There are 4 locations open on 10/22 from 10am – 2pm where you can drop off unused or expired medications.
Mount Vernon – Knox County Health Department
Fredericktown – Police Station, 182 S. Main St.
Centerburg – Foster’s HealthMart Pharmacy
Danville – Police Department, Municipal Building, Market St.


It’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We talked about what the NFL is doing to support the American Cancer Society. Click HERE to read more about “A Crucial Catch”. Now we know why we have been seeing pink on the football field all month!

Want to join the fight against breast cancer?

Five Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

Article date: October 10, 2016 (from the American Cancer Society)

Here are 5 ways to do a lot of good with a little – or a lot – of your time, your skills, and your voice.

1. Volunteer your time

The American Cancer Society offers many programs that focus on the physical, social, and emotional needs of people facing breast cancer.

  • Reach To Recovery® – If you have survived breast cancer, you can train to become a Reach To Recovery® volunteer who provides education and emotional support to other women – and men – facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Look Good Feel Better® – This free, community-based service teaches patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during cancer treatment. Programs are available in English and Spanish. Look Good Feel Better is a collaboration among the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council, and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.
  • Road To Recovery® – Volunteer drivers in this program help cancer patients get to and from treatments. Last year, the American Cancer Society matched thousands of patients with volunteer drivers who donated their time and use of their cars.

2. Take part in research

As a breast cancer patient, you can seek out a clinical trial or sign up to be part of a research project that could help those diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. People who have never had cancer can help, too. For example, the American Cancer Society has conducted multiple studies over the past several decades that examine cancer causes, prevention, and survivorship issues in large groups of people. The latest of these is Cancer Prevention Study-3. By sharing information about their lifestyle and health status, participants in these studies give scientists the data they need to battle cancer at the world-wide level.

3. Make your voice heard

Many battles in the fight against breast cancer happen in your local legislature as well as in Washington, DC. The American Cancer Society’s advocacy organization, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), can help you become informed about cancer issues and exercise your rights as a citizen to support the causes you feel passionate about. For example, you can sign a petition to support the federal program that helps ensure all women have access to lifesaving mammograms.

4. Participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event raises millions of dollars every year to fund breast cancer research and provide information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. You can help by walking in a Making Strides event and raising donations, sponsoring another Making Strides walker, or volunteering your time and talent at an event. Nationwide, nearly 300 walks occur each year to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness, and raise money.

5. Take charge of your health

Although there’s no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, certain lifestyle habits are linked to a lower risk of it developing or returning.

  • Be physically active. Evidence is growing that regular physical activity helps reduce your breast cancer risk. It also helps keep your weight under control, which may also lower your risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Studies link a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products to a reduced breast cancer risk. A healthy diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. Research has shown that women who have 2 or more alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer than women who drink only 1 drink a day or not at all

What does a Proverbs 31 Woman look like? The Morning Thing 10/20/16


We have all heard about Proverbs 31 – one of the special chapters in the bible. These scripture verses gives us clear-cut examples of what God describes as a righteous woman, wife and mother.

Today, we shared some insight into this scripture from a wonderful blog called

Blogger Jenn breaks down the characteristics of a Proverbs 31 Woman verse by verse. Click HERE to read the full article.

Trustworthy: “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” – A major part of my relationship with my husband is him being able to trust me with the big and little things. When we got married, we agreed not to talk about divorce, not even as a joke, because we are committed to each other, and don’t even want to acknowledge the possibility of divorce. He also can trust that nothing will come between us. But he also appreciates when I follow through with what I tell him I will do (which admittedly doesn’t happen all the time). It’s something he really values.

Eager: “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” – Basically, she didn’t buy cloth ready-made – she made it herself, something common for women of the day. Other versions use the word “seeks” instead of “selects”. The point of this verse, though, is not to make your own fabric and clothes. It is that she went about her tasks eagerly, willingly, and wanting to take care of her family. How I translate it to me is not complaining, even if it’s not my favorite task.

Purposeful and Savvy: “She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.” – I always looked at this verse as meaning she made her meals with lots of variety. But a commentary talks about how buying “food from afar” was a well-planned way to save money, almost like driving an extra distance to get food on sale. I’m sure it involved extra time and planning, but ultimately it was a great way of managing the household budget. And being financially savvy and intentional applies to any walk of life.

Sacrificial, or just plain Responsible: “She gets up when it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.” – Now this one, I get. They say you kiss sleeping late goodbye when you become a parent – it’s true. Whether or not I’m ready to get up, my son usually starts making noise around 7 to 7:30. It’s not like I can press his snooze button (but don’t think I haven’t wished for one). He is my little motivation for getting up, though. This is a great reminder to take care of my responsibilities – even if it means putting them before what I want.

Diligent: “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” – This describes her business practice. She looks at a field and considers whether or not it will be a sensible buy. Because she manages it well, it produces a profit, and she uses it to move forward with another business endeavor. All that to say, she works hard, makes good investments, and reaps the profits. Not every wife and mom has to work a job, but there is something in all of us that wants to be industrious and use our talents. This scripture shows the benefit of working hard and smart.

Physically Capable: “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” – I think this scripture does reflect what was said above, about diligence. But from my perspective, I think it also encourages physical ability – being able to be healthy and stay up to the task. It’s definitely not talking about shapes and sizes, but rather the importance of being able to keep up with your career and/or your household and family. The bonus of working out for me is that it just makes me a more positive, and likable, person to be around.

Disciplined: “She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.”  – So this is my interpretation of this: while it shows how diligent she is, it also shows her working the only time she can sometimes, which is late into the night. Also something cool – the distaff was what kept the fibers together. In many ways, so does the woman in the household.

Compassionate: “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” – I love how this is worded, because it shows she’s not just charitable. It doesn’t say she gives some of their income to the poor and sends clothes and canned goods to the needy. This passage shows it’s much more of a personal connection. I think this is one of the biggest areas I can work on – finding ways to volunteer in the community.

Prepared: “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” – She has the foresight to be ready for anything, including the unpredictable weather. Plus scarlet seems warm and cozy, but also seems to convey style too – it doesn’t just say “wool”, for example. In a couple more verses, you hear more about her style.

Tidy/Elegant/Neat: “She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.” – She may not necessarily be trendy or rock expensive clothes, but she definitely maintains her style in appearance, and in her home. Personally, I think you are just more effective in life and relationships if you’re approachable in appearance. It also just helps me to be orderly and focused when I make an effort to change out of my pajamas in the morning, and tidy up the house (but no, it doesn’t happen every day).

Supportive/Submissive: “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” – A husband that does well in life usually has a supportive wife at his side. It is hard to be well-respected if your own family doesn’t stand beside you. She doesn’t hold him back, but helps him move forward, especially by taking care of things at home. I truly believe this means that she is also submissive, and that the husband is the head of the household. Many women get offended at the word “submissive”, but it’s not only a biblical concept, it’s a word used to describe Jesus. It doesn’t mean the wife is a door mat, or is valued any less. She has a different role, but clearly this passage is meant to build her up just as much as her respected husband (keep reading the passage if you don’t believe me).

Humble: “She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” – She continues to work hard and make a profit. It’s not beneath her to work, or to be part of the business world, even though her husband is well-respected.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her works have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”


It’s PIZZA MONTH! Celebrate with The Morning Thing 10/19/16

October is Pizza Month! Americans eat A LOT of pizza – 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year!

This morning, we took a trip around the world to see how pizza is enjoyed in other countries.Check it out!

We also found some interesting toppings for our pizza. Check out these different combinations from We dare you to try one TODAY!