Hand Power Language
Sign language has allowed deaf people to communicate with others for centuries. At the Animated American Sign Language Dictionary, you can now learn this amazing form of communication online. By sending a signal out to www.feist.com/~randys you'll be able to download all kinds of animated hand motions, and learn such phrases as "I love you" and "thanks a lot." If you're interested in learning more about the history of sign language, a timeline will take you from the 16th century to the present, chronicling such major events as the origins of the French sign system and the first college for the deaf. And if you want to find out even more, a wide array of links will allow you to explore this fascinating world of communication, from finger spelling to the Russian Sign Language Project. Brush up on your spelling, because it's time to learn the alphabet in a whole new way! (This site is no longer available.)

Crack the Code
All right, all you word-wise, puzzle-hungry kids, here's the site for you. It's a collection of puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles at www.primenet.com/~omnibus. Choose from cracked crosswords, scrambly-riddly-punny word games, spuzzles and the music box "listen and solve" varieties. There are links to more puzzle-riffic sites, too. This colorful and interactive site has something to please everyone, but a word to the wise-they're challenging! (This site is no longer available.)

Discover Outdoors Ontario
A rugged land of forests and lakes, the Ontario outdoors is known for its abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Now you can electronically explore one of the best park systems in the world by checking out the Ontario Parks Web site. Hike out to www.ontarioparks.com and take a virtual reality tour of Bon Echo Park. The Park Arcade offers such fun items as the Bug Hunt, a "Legends and Lore" page and a trivia quiz. The Park Explorer will give hard-core backpackers the lowdown on wildlife, historical sites and hiking. And for those intent on enjoying the water, there's even a Magic Canoe Ride! Pack your tent, bug spray and fishing pole, because it's time to take off to the "Great White North." Just don't feed the bears!

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2. Where was the first free school for the deaf founded?
New York
3. When is the Virtual Library of Classical Music open?
Weekdays 9 to 5
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Dear Amy: I know HTML pretty well, and I have a nice site on the World Wide Web. Now I need to know where I can go to learn about adding Javascript to my page. -Andrew, Cupertino, CA

Dear Andrew: Jonny's HTML Headquarters at http:// home1.gte.net/ gerow is a cool site with lots of instruction about HTML. I found some links there to learn Java also. Using Java applets can make your Web site fun and even interactive. You can find Javascript for everything from calculators to games. Send me your URL when you get it running. (This Web site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I would like to know if there are any World Wide Web sites that give information specifically for clarinet players. There are a bunch of us in my family who could benefit from this.-Grace, Mellen, WI

Dear Grace: It's so awesome that there is something for everyone on the Web. I did a search and found several clarinet Web sites. But ET's Clarinet Information at http://cctr.umkc.edu/ user/ etishkoff/ index.html seems to have a little of everything. You can download some sound files or check out the links to a clarinet fingering chart. Also take a look at The WWW Virtual Library of Classical Music at www.gprep.pvt.k12.md.us/ classical/ index1.html It's really great. (These sites are no longer available.)

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