In Uncategorized on August 6, 2011 at 5:24 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! Today’s Weather! Today in History!
Quote for today… “He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.” – Benjamin Franklin
- According to an article in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, “Pennsylvania may be ending its one-year experiment with wine vending machines at grocery stores amid a contractor dispute. The Liquor Control Board said the contractor that provided the wine kiosks owes the state nearly $1 million, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday. If the board’s differences with the company can’t be resolved within 45 days, LCB officials said they will “cease all kiosk operations.”
- Properties in Columbia Borough on the published Tax Upset Sale (Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era)
- S&P downgrades US credit rating (York Daily Record) Read the rest of this entry »
In In Columbia, Opinions, People on August 6, 2011 at 5:12 am
Andy Strube is the central character in an invention-themed editorial in today’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era. He’s being compared to other great American inventors. Bravo, Andy Strube!
The invention bug
The Conestoga wagon. The Pennsylvania rifle. Andy Strube’s stink bug trap.
All are inventions that come from Lancaster County. The earliest Conestoga wagons were built in Conestoga around 1750. These prairie schooners (they were built to resemble boats) were instrumental in transporting people and their valuables across the continent.
The Pennsylvania long rifle predates the Conestoga wagon. Martin Meylin smithed it in his workshop in Willow Street in 1719.
Strube is the latest in a long line of county inventors. His project, like many before it, was born of necessity. Strube was annoyed by the brown marmorated stink bugs that inundated the home he and his family were renting in Columbia.
The BMSBs, as they are known in Read the rest of this entry »
In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions on August 6, 2011 at 4:50 am
Met and talked with a grower at a farmer’s market a few weeks ago and we got onto the topic of peach trees. There is this little, but prodigiously productive, peach tree we have. Last year it presented so many beautiful, absolutely delicious white peaches that just about everyone we came in contact with got peaches. Not just a few either!
So this grower tells us that the stink bugs have attacked his trees. And they have attacked the wonderful little peach tree we have too. (NOTE: Wish we had known that Andy Strube’s traps worked outside in trees.) Here is what this year’s crop is looking like:
Those “flippin’” stink bugs have decimated Read the rest of this entry »