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today’s news … Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2011 at 5:24 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today“When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs. When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent. When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don’t own a gun. Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet.” – Lyle Myhr

  • Many people contribute to their favorite charitable organizations at this time of the year. According to www.charitynavigator.org, “savvy donors ask the charity for copies of its three most recently Forms 990. Not only can the donor examine the charity’s finances, but the charity’s willingness to send the documents is a good way to assess its commitment to transparency.” Top 10 Best Practices of Savvy Donors
  • Study shows nearly a ten-fold increase in the number of hospital emergency department visits involving non-alcohol energy drinks between 2005 and 2009″ – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association
  • Movie Review: Click here to read the movie review of J. Edgar by Mary Ellen Graybill.
  • Learn more about Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); it helps income-eligible energy consumers pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. – UGI.com
  • Two more instances of “Trust, but verify!”OneTwoYork Dispatch
  • Columbia’s path to tomorrow’s game – Harrisburg Patriot-News
  • Here’s what others are saying about the game, Jeff Reinhart says, “Columbia vs. Camp Hill – In my book, the toughest (pick) of the 4 local games to pick because I think if they played this game 10 times, they’d split. But who wins Friday? Camp Hill. By a wishbone. Lions tame Tide, 27-19.” The Harrisburg Patriot-News is calling it, “ANALYSIS: Even after limiting the Twin-Valley Tribe to less than 120 rushing yards last week, Columbia’s run defense has to tighten even more. That will be difficult against the run-oriented Lions. That said, the Crimson Tide have taken full advantage of opponent miscues, so the Lions, a minus-5 in turnover margin, have to protect the ball.THE PICK: Camp Hill 27, Columbia 22.” But the game has to be played on the field and too many sports writers have never played in a game … and, well, ROLL TIDE!
  • Part two of the funding of high school football – Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal/New EraSanta Claus greets the crowd at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas in downtown Lancaster. (Justin David Graybill / Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal/New Era Staff)
  • It’s a scene out of  “A Christmas Story” – you may even find Ralphie there on Friday evening in downtown Lancaster when it’s the  “Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas at Penn Square.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era.
  • Speaking of “A Christmas Story,” what was the name of the department store where Ralphie’s parents took his brother and him to see the arrival of Santa? The answer to this question (and lots of other questions about the movie) are here.
  • POLICE LOG:MANOR TWP.: “Joon Young Oh, 19, formerly of Wynwood Drive, Mountville, was charged after he was seen driving a vehicle displaying a license plate that had been reported stolen Nov. 3 in Lancaster city. Oh also was cited with two traffic violations. He was committed to county prison in lieu of $1,000 bail. – WEST HEMPFIELD TWP.: Brandy Minnich, 29, of Columbia, was charged Monday at Musser’s Market in the 3900 block of Columbia Avenue after she allegedly tried to leave the store with food and medical items without paying. Price of items is not known. – MOUNTVILLE: On Monday, a heavy-set black male with short dark hair and wearing a blue jacket used a $100 counterfeit bill to pay a bill at Two Cousins Pizza Shop on Columbia Avenue. – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • LEGAL NOTICE (published in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, November 24, 2011) ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING The Mountville Borough Zoning Board has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2011, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Mountville Borough Hall, 21 East Main Street, Mountville, PA to consider the following application(s): The request of Samuel & Cynthia Bigler for 11 Spruce Road, Mountville, to consider their request to amend the decision of a Zoning Hearing held in June 1988  under the Mountville Borough Code of Ordinances Chapter 27, Part 5 Section 604.2.F for a Special Exception for Garden Apartments located at 11 Spruce Road. The decision from that hearing was: “The granted approval of applicant’s request for a special exception is conditioned upon use and occupancy of each unit being limited to no more than 2 persons per unit.” The request is for a variance to have that density factor include up to two children for each unit. All those who wish to be heard on the above applications should be present at the time and date specified. MOUNTVILLE BOROUGH ZONING HEARING BOARD Michael J. Savukas, Chairman; Sophia Harmes, Donald Stollenwerk.

“Billions served” – the cost of food

In Everyday Living, Lists, Opinions on November 24, 2011 at 5:21 am

Each day, on the back page of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, a little column appears. “NO KIDDING” is a quick look at little known snippets of data – some insignificant and others more relevant. A couple of Fridays ago, the “NO KIDDING” topic listed the world’s seven most populous nations and the “percent of annual income spent on food.

  1. China … 33.9%
  2. India … 35.8%
  3. United States … 6.8%
  4. Indonesia … 44.1%
  5. Brazil … 24.6%
  6. Pakistan … 45.4%
  7. Nigeria … 40.1%

Wow! If those numbers do not reinforce how fortunate Americans are, think again.

The numbers were sourced to an article written by Eric Sorensen and published in the Fall, 2011, issue of Washington State University magazine.

The article is about food production and the ever-increasing global population.

“You may know the tale, but it doesn’t get old: In the middle of the last century, Vogel developed a short wheat plant that could produce twice the grain of its taller, conventional brethren. Fifteen years later, the Indian government, peering over the brink of a mass famine, ordered 18,000 tons of wheat seed that Norman Borlaug had bred from Vogel’s discovery. Combined with irrigation and fertilizers, the dwarf wheat tripled India’s production inside a decade. The country, which had been living ‘ship-to-mouth’ on U.S. aid, was feeding itself.

Iterations of the story can include Vogel’s humble roots as a Nebraska farm kid. Or Borlaug winning the Nobel Prize for the ‘Green Revolution’ and repeatedly crediting Vogel for his contribution, which Borlaug said, ‘changed our entire concept of wheat yield potentials.'”

To read this article in Washington State University magazine, click here. There are a number of links at the site to more readings about this important issue.

From the US Census Bureau: the numbers of Thanksgiving

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists on November 24, 2011 at 5:11 am

Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 24, 2011

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. Historians have also recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

SOURCE: Library of Congress

248 million

The number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2011. That’s up 2 percent from the number raised during 2010. The turkeys produced in 2010 together weighed 7.11 billion pounds and were valued at $ 4.37 billion. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

46.5 million

The preliminary estimate of turkeys Minnesota is expected to raise in 2011. The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by North Carolina (30.0 million), Arkansas (30.0 million), Missouri (18.0 million), Virginia (17.5 million) and Indiana (16.0 million). These six states together account for about two-thirds of U.S. turkeys produced in 2011. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Culinary Delights

750 million pounds

The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2011. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 430 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (210 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also expected to have substantial production, ranging from 17 million to 54 million pounds. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

2.4 billion pounds

The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2010. North Carolina (972 million pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

1.1 billion pounds

Total production of pumpkins in the major pumpkin-producing states in 2010. Illinois led the country by producing 427 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, New York and Ohio also provided lots of pumpkins: Each state produced at least 100 million pounds. The value of all pumpkins produced by major pumpkin-producing states was $117 million. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

If you prefer cherry pie, you will be pleased to learn that the nation’s forecasted tart cherry production for 2011 totals 266.1 million pounds, up 40 percent from the 2010 production. Of this 2011 total, the overwhelming majority (210.0 million pounds) will be produced in Michigan. Source:  USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

2.01 billion bushels

The total volume of wheat — the essential ingredient of bread, rolls and pie crust — produced in the United States in 2011. Kansas, Montana and North Dakota accounted for about 33 percent of the nation’s wheat production. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service 

656,340 tons

The 2011 contracted production of snap (green) beans in major snap (green) bean-producing states. Of this total, Wisconsin led all states (258,320 tons). Many Americans consider green bean casserole a traditional Thanksgiving dish.  Source: USDA National Agricultural

$7.8 million
The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys from January through July of 2011 — 99.7 percent from Canada. When it comes to sweet potatoes, the Dominican Republic was the source of 60.1 percent ($3.2 million) of total imports ($5.3 million). The United States ran a $3.6 million trade deficit in live turkeys during the period but had a surplus of $41.7 million in sweet potatoes. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade

13.3 pounds
The quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American in 2009, with no doubt a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time. Per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.3 pounds. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States 

The Price is Right

Retail cost per pound of a frozen whole turkey in December 2010.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States

Where to Feast

Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek, La., was the most populous in 2010, with 441 residents, followed by Turkey, Texas (421), Turkey Creek, Ariz. (294), and Turkey, N.C. (292). There are also 11 townships around the country with Turkey in their names, including three in Kansas. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census
Number of places and townships in the United States that are named Cranberry or some spelling variation of the acidic red berry (e.g., Cranbury, N.J.), a popular side dish at Thanksgiving. Cranberry township (Butler County), Pa., was the most populous of these places in 2010, with 28,098 residents. Cranberry township (Venango County), Pa., was next (6,685). Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

Number of places and townships in the United States named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. Plymouth, Minn., is the most populous, with 70,576 residents in 2010; Plymouth, Mass., had 56,468. There is just one township in the United States named Pilgrim. Located in Dade County, Mo., its population was 132 in 2010. And then there is Mayflower, Ark., whose population was 2,234 in 2010, and Mayflower Village, Calif., whose population was 5,515 in 2010. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

116.7 million                       

Number of households across the nation — all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census