In Uncategorized on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today… “Flowers … are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Good idea: “York City Police will offer a Citizens Police Academy during the month of June, according to a news release. The academy is an educational program designed to teach citizens in the community what police officers really do.” – York Daily Record
- Despite resident concerns, CVS moves ahead with plan to add more traffic congestion at Marietta Pike and Centerville Road. – MyHempfieldNews
In Education, Government, In Columbia on May 10, 2012 at 5:45 am
Last night parents in Columbia received automated telephone messages announcing a drill at the school next week and that parents would not be allowed at the school during the drill.
According to this elected “public servant’s” blog: “It’s only a drill: The Columbia Police Department and the Columbia School District Administration will be coordinating a critical incident emergency drill at the Columbia High School campus located at 901 Ironville Pike in Columbia Borough. Multiple Lancaster County law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies will be participating in this dril [sic], next week.The goal of this drill is multi-fold. First, the drill will serve to train first responders.”
The US Department of Education and Pennsylvania’s Department of Education have guidance for schools concerning the importance of hazard identification; emergency plan development and the requisite implementation of a plan to “practice the plans.”
Lessons learned in the wake of school shooting incidents in schools and colleges across the world validate the need for careful planning by involving community shareholders:
“School safety plans of public schools shall be prepared with input from students enrolled in that school, parents or legal guardians of such students, teachers in that school, other school employees and school district employees and
local law enforcement, fire service, public safety and emergency management agencies.”
If you are a parent or shareholder, here are references that will provide more insight into the emergency planning processes that all school systems can use to prepare their students, parents, staff, faculty and shareholder citizens for a critical incident in a school environment. “Lessons learned” from “real-world” incidents cite communications and incident management (using the National Incident Management System) as key “improvements needed” in after-action reports.
In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on May 10, 2012 at 5:01 am
Here are more delicious produce notes from The Produce Geek. U-m-m-m! You may want to visit the Website (click on the logo) and take another peek. The Produce Geek’s also got other recommendations there!
- “Flavor alert! There are times of the year and from certain growing regions when Blackberries: 1) taste flavorless and lousy, 2) taste tart but delicious, or 3) taste impressively rich and sweet. I am happy to report that antioxidant-rich Blackberries (particularly the varieties grown by Driscoll’s Berries) are the latter right now – very nice flavor and snack-ability. To be even more specific… if you find Driscoll’s brand Blackberries with “Grown in USA” (California) on the label they will taste plump, mildly sweet and juicy; and if the you find Driscoll’s brand Blackberries with “Grown in Mexico” you can expect them to taste intensely candy-sweet with some tanginess underneath. Cool!
- Always wash your Blackberries just before use, store them in the fridge and try to use them within a few days of purchase to get the most out of your purchase. In addition to snacking, making smoothies and topping your cereal or yogurt – here are some Blackberry recipe ideas.”
In the spirit of National Salad Month, but still recognizing that the grill is calling you – how ’bout a Grilled Organic Romaine Heart salad? Crunchy and juicy Organic Romaine Hearts from California are plentiful and priced fairly this week. Or maybe this Chipotle Portabella Salad will intrigue you.
- Easy Grilled Organic Romaine Hearts
- Preheat grill to High
- 2 Organic Romaine Hearts, rinsed, outer-most leaves removed
- Lightly coat Organic Romaine Hearts with cooking spray, or brush with olive oil
- Place Organic Romaine Hearts on grilling surface
- Season with coarse salt and cracked pepper
- Flip once within minutes when grill-lines are defined
- Serve with your favorite Caesar Dressing, or crumbled cheese and Vinaigrette
Click here to read more about fruits and vegetables in season from the Produce Geek.