In Uncategorized on October 23, 2011 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today … “Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us. – Samuel Johnson
- Three restaurants average more than 11 violations in this week’s York Dispatch article about inspections of food serving establishments in York County. Here is a listing of inspections for Lancaster County from the Lancaster Sunday News - a complete listing of all facilities in Lancaster and York counties, except those in Columbia, are listed at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Website.
- Here’s a story (with a Columbia near connection) about reclaiming and developing old, defunct buildings from yesterday’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era:
- Lancaster City “lists landlord citations to property owners around the country.” – Lancaster Sunday News
- Early onset dementia is such a scary topic; here’s another “real life” instance that reinforces that it can strike anyone: “Early-onset dementia strips ad executive of his faculties; wife left to run business, care for man she doesn’t know.” – Lancaster Sunday News
- According to Representative Joe Pitts, “Before entering office, President Obama promised the most open and ethical administration ever. Now, two and a half years later, it appears that the administration is struggling to maintain this high standard.” At his Website, there is an article entitled, “A less than transparent administration,” which hones in on the “say one thing, do another” mantra that has saturated politics.
- Another community faces financial Read the rest of this entry »
In Everyday Living on October 23, 2011 at 5:43 am
This information is provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Halloween, Oct. 31, 2011
The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways, including wearing costumes, children trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and going to haunted houses and parties
Trick or Treat!
41 million - The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2010 — children age 5 to 14 — across the United States. Of course, many other children — older than 14 and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Read the rest of this entry »
In Everyday Living, Opinions on October 23, 2011 at 5:05 am
Are these real jobs or SCAMS?
We had a conversation with someone yesterday; the person thought it was curious that so many “similar-sounding” job listings (posted below) appeared at the Lancaster craigslist. Each has a relatively high pay rate for a customer service representative. And each one had masked the contact information. Persons applying for each of these jobs have no idea who the contact is; if the posting is a legitimate job or who is on the receiving end of the email response.
We understand that many hiring companies have gone to this “blind destination” practice. Ostensibly this is practiced by companies who, for one reason or another, do not want to be openly besieged by applicants.
But the verbiage in each of the “jobs” is so similar and nondescript that it suggests a “job scam,” of sorts. If these are “real jobs” we wonder why every listing is so much like the other. And what exactly are the tasks and skill sets for a Customer Service Representative?
These are difficult times for lots of job-seekers and if these listings are legitimate, why not tell folks who they’ll be working for? If the jobs are scams (some of the postings have the same typographical errors in them), shame on the posters … preying on those in desperation is a most despicable action.
Customer Service Representative (Columbia)
We are seeking a Customer Service Representative. We are a company in search of a career minded, goal oriented individual to help facilitate our steadily expanding growth. An individual must have good written and verbal communication skills and must be computer literate with good typing skills.
- Location: Columbia
- Compensation: $17 – $20 per hour
- Telecommuting is ok.
- OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities
- Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
- Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial Read the rest of this entry »