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  Dear Insured,

Labor Day is just around the corner. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and letting my gas grill do some labor for a change! So here's a heartfelt Labor Day greeting from my family to yours!

Have you ever wondered how we came to celebrate a holiday with the odd name of Labor Day? Someone always asks, "Why is it called Labor Day when nobody labors on that day?"

While there is some disagreement regarding the original founder of Labor Day, we know that the first Labor Day parade was held by the Central Labor Union, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Common laborers were lobbying for recognition and appreciation for their long days and hard work (back then they received little pay and even less thanks). Over the next decade unions in other states began to adopt the day as a day of celebration and recognition of the contributions of the common laborer. Finally on June 28, 1894 Congress declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday.

For us Labor Day brings parades, festivals, speeches and picnics. Just as Memorial Day heralds the beginning of summer vacations, to most Americans Labor Day signals the waning of summer.

When this Labor Day roles around, don't be a workaholic! Take a well deserved rest and enjoy serving your family this Summertime Strawberry Lemonade! I hope you and yours have a fun and safe Labor Day!

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  Summertime Strawberry Lemonade

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
1 Tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest *
1 1/2 cups (about 6-10 lemons) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 10-oz package frozen strawberries w/sugar, defrosted

Dissolve the sugar (1 1/2 cups if using strawberries without sugar) in the boiling water. Add lemon zest and lemon juice and stir well. Stir in 60 ounces of water.

Put the defrosted strawberries into your food processor and turn into syrup. Pour into lemonade and stir. Strain your juice and store in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.

* Lemon Zest: Lightly grate just the yellow from the lemon making sure you don't go down too far. You do not want to grate the white beneath the yellow.

Note: To make decorative lemon ice cubes, place a twist of lemon inside each ice cube before freezing
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