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Boy Scout Troop #279
Boy Scout Troop #279 meets at the Big Walnut F.O.E. each week. We are proud to help out local scout troop with our place to meet!

  • Troop Meetings every Monday night 7-8:30 pm
  • Crew Meetings 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 7-8 pm

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Mesh Wi-Fi can dramatically improve home internet performance

Weak signal and dead zones inside a large home or awkwardly shaped apartment can be remedied quickly, if a little expensively, with a mesh Wi-Fi system, according to Make Use Of.

A mesh system uses multiple devices to connect to a network and expand the coverage farther than a traditional router by rebroadcasting the same network signal to each unit set up around the home.

Mesh systems work differently than Wi-Fi range extenders that create a new network with each additional unit, causing users to constantly switch networks as they change locations.

Built for the modern age of connectivity, premium systems from companies like Google, Eero, and Velop cost about $300 to $500 for 3 Wi-Fi points.

Although Google claims their 3-point mesh system can cover a 3,000-foot house, don't be surprised if it takes six or even nine points to cover that area. The Wi-Fi points must all be within sight range or the signal is disrupted. Furniture and walls also disrupt the signal, so homeowners may well find whole-house coverage costs much more than advertised.

The systems are all controlled by smartphone. The Google app maps the network, keeps track of passwords, and lets you pause network connectivity if the kids should be at dinner and not online.
Future airplanes could have 'virtual windows'

Emirates airline is experimenting with removing the windows from their planes and replacing them with high-definition video displays, according to USA Today. Their President, Tim Clark, said the change would allow aircraft to be built lighter, fly faster, and use less fuel because engineers wouldn't have to work around the structural weaknesses of windows. Special cameras on the outside of the plane would pipe in the actual surroundings to the screens and prototypes have shown that they are surprisingly realistic.
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Willow, the last of the royal corgis

Although Buckingham Palace refused comment, word went out in April 2018 that the last of the line of royal corgis, Willow, had died.

Willow was believed to be the 14th generation of royal corgis, beloved by Queen Elizabeth since she was gifted the corgi Susan on her 18th birthday.

The queen stopped breeding corgis in 2002, worrying that a young dog would be left behind after her death, according to the New York Times. Originally bred as cattle herding dogs, the corgi's short legs made it a natural to weave in and out around cattle's hooves. Queen Elizabeth once remarked that the dogs were small and happy in groups so "one can have quite a lot of them." Meanwhile, Prince Harry has been much less flattering about the corgi domination of the family, saying he has spent 33 years being barked at.
Barry der Menschenretter (people rescuer)

In the treacherous Swiss Alps, the tradition of rescue dogs began as early as the 1700s.

Though many dogs were known for their rescue of humans, none was so celebrated as Barry. During his career in the early 1800s, Barry saved more than 40 people. No rescue was as famous as his rescue of a young boy he found trapped, partially frozen and asleep in an ice cavern.

Barry licked the boy to warm him and wake him. The dog then contrived to get the boy to cling to his back and the two made their way to The Great Saint Bernard Hospice, where Barry lived and was trained.

At the hospice, one dog has always been named Barry in honor of the great rescuer.