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(BPT) - When we think about what we know about history and the events that led to the formation of the United States, key dates like 1492 and 1776 come to mind. Many people don’t know that 1619 was another of those pivotal years that continue to shape our lives.

With the July 4 fireworks behind us, baseball fans begin to look forward to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as well as the Home Run Derby. Baseball is the “National Pastime,” as well as being a long-standing tradition in Junction City. So in this week’s Musings, we will look at a bit…