In Uncategorized on May 7, 2012 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today… “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess – I can read with my eyes shut!
- “Motorists are advised that eastbound traffic on the Route 30 “Wrights-Ferry Bridge” will be restricted to a single lane for a short distance on Monday, May 7, during the daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The single-lane traffic restriction is necessary so that construction crews can safely fix a drainage problem in the right eastbound lane. Then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week (May 8-10), weather permitting, the westbound direction over the bridge will be restricted to a single lane – i.e., restricted to the express lane – between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The daytime single-lane restriction for westbound traffic is necessary so that construction crews can apply a latex surface to the deck of the westbound structure to help seal the deck from water.” – PennDOT press release
In Everyday Living, Opportunities on May 7, 2012 at 4:45 am
“The one little girl said, ‘I like Katniss so much and I want to be like her,’ Nye recalled of a first-timer who showed up recently at one of the group’s weekly Sunday shoots at the Fox Harbor Archers shooting range near Columbia.”
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), The Hunger Games
Yesterday’s Lancaster Sunday News carried an article about the popularity surge in archery; a Columbia area archery club, Fox Harbor Archors, is mentioned in the article.
“No one who’s seen the blockbuster movie ‘The Hunger Games’ wouldn’t want to stand up and cheer at the scene.
“Katniss Everdeen, a teen girl trying to impress a bored committee of Gamemakers with her ability to shoot a bow and arrow, slings a dead-eye shot into a bulls-eye.
“She turns with a sigh of relief to her scorers. But their backs are turned as they sip drinks and hobnob.
“With controlled seething and in one swift movement, Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, nocks another arrow and zings it between the disinterested men.
“With a satisfying thwack, the arrow neatly dislodges a polished red apple from the mouth of a roasted pig.
“A heroine is born.
“An archer heroine.
“It’s not a craze, at least not yet. But the prominent role of Katniss’ traditional bows — they save her from death multiple times and keep her and her mate in food — in one of the most anticipated movies ever has sparked a renewed interest in archery among local youths, especially tweens.
“Already, Lancaster-based Lancaster Archery Supply has designed and rushed into production the ‘Capitol’ and the ‘The District’ bows, the first functional bows inspired by the book and movie.
“Both bows, one a traditional wooden longbow, the other a more modern recurve bow, replicate the bows Katniss uses in the movie. Click here to continue reading the Lancaster Sunday News article.
In Everyday Living, Lists on May 7, 2012 at 4:30 am
According to 24/7 Wall St., “April car sales data are out, and they are not cause for celebration. Though sales are up 2% overall from last April, they have cooled somewhat since the February and March run. There are a few winners, however, including Toyota (NYSE: TM), Chrysler and several European auto makers, some of which are up over 20%. Meanwhile, General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Ford (NYSE: F) are down.
“While a few brands are doing incredibly well, dealers cannot even give away some models. “Days to turn,” or “days on the lot,” reflects the average number of days a vehicle is in dealer inventory before it is sold. All of the car models on our list spent more than 90 days on the lot, considerably longer than the 52-day average. Working with Edmunds.com, 24/7 Wall St. identified 10 cars that Americans are not buying.
“Not surprisingly, time on the lot appears to be an excellent proxy for how vehicles are selling. The average car sold in America sold 35,593 units in 2011, according to Edmunds. Eight of the cars on this list sold less than that. Five sold less than 15,000 units last year.
“In addition to having poor sales last year, Read the rest of this entry »