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This article brought to you courtesy of Randy Preston, Operations Manager, Honke Heating and Air Conditioning, Heating and Cooling Expert.

Randy Preston

Going into our 50th year, I want to give thanks for your

business over the years and wish each one of you the safest New Year. Speaking of the New Year, did you ever

wonder how our calendar came to be?

Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar,

which followed the lunar cycle, was in dire need of reform as it frequently fell out of phase with the seasons and had to be corrected. Also, the Roman body that oversaw the calendar often added days to extend political terms or interfere with elections.

Caesar enlisted Sosigenes, an Alexandrian astronomer, who advised following the solar year, like the Egyptians. Shortly before his assassination in 44 B.C., Caesar changed the name of the month Quintilis to Julius (July) after himself.

Celebration of New Year's Day in January fell out of

practice during the Middle Ages, and the Julian calendar

did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1 because an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by 1000 A.D. and 10 days by the mid-1500s.

In the 1570s Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius to come up with a new

calendar. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, establishing the leap year rule. Since then, people around the world have gathered en masse on January 1 to celebrate the precise arrival of the New Year.

Again, thank you for your business. For all your heating

and cooling needs, please contact Honke Heating and

Air Conditioning, Inc. or contact me personally.

HONKE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING

840 NE CLEVELAND AVE,

GRESHAM, OR 97030

503-666-3725

www.honkeheating.com

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