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today’s news … Monday, February 6, 2012

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2012 at 5:30 am

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

Quote for today “”Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.”  Arthur Ashe
  • “Who is Bill O’Brien? New Penn State football coach brings mix of fire, smarts, blue-collar mentality” – Harrisburg Patriot News
  • LEGAL NOTICES published in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, February 6, 2012: “CASTING OF LOTS FOR BALLOT POSITION GENERAL PRIMARY April 24, 2012 Please be advised that the casting of lots for positions on the ballot for the April 24, 2012 General Primary, will be conducted by the Lancaster County Election Office at The Lancaster County Government Center, 150 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA in The Office of Voter Registration/Elections, Suite 117, 1st floor on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. All individuals involved in the drawing will be notified prior to the drawing.

dah-dah-dah-dah … 10 consistent ghost story elements

In Lists, Opinions on February 6, 2012 at 5:15 am

(SOURCE: listverse.com)

“Ghost stories can have some elements that are alike.

“Let’s be honest with ourselves, with so many dead spirits roaming the planet, there are bound to be uncanny consistencies. I mean, how many of us have been walking around a public place or watching television and seen our doppelgänger? So why can’t the same be said for ghosts? They are bound to see other, more well-known spirits haunting us living souls, and thought, ‘I can do that!’ And so a clone ghost story is born.

Obviously, unoriginal apparitions are the best explanation for our fireside stories sounding so close together, right? No way us humans spread the fake lore ourselves, that would be preposterous.

So here are 10 common elements in “ghost stories:”

10 – Only Reacts to One Gender

9 –  Abandoned Buildings

8 –  Blacked-out or Distorted Photos

7 –  Moving Objects

6 – Exclusive to the Moon Phases

Click here to see the top five and to read the article in its entirety.

Fire companies come together for the common good

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities on February 6, 2012 at 5:04 am

Last Thursday, this editorial was published in the West Chester Daily Local News. Increasingly across the Commonwealth, community service-provider organizations have identified the concerns and realities of “new normalcy”:

  • Dwindling resources, including fewer people volunteering.
  • An imperative to work together,  coordinate and/or consolidate resources.
  • Keeping citizens and government informed of their collaboration processes. Both departments maintain transparency by informing their constituents with information releases on their Websites.
  • Striving for coordination and compatibility of resources, training and management.

“Time was when volunteer fire companies in Chester County and elsewhere across the state were in competition with one another, bound and determined to show their supremacy — mostly by having a crew get to the scene of the fire before another and keeping that late-coming group at bay.

“But times have changed. A dwindling of resources, both financial and physical, have made it the case that wiser heads are finding ways to work with one another instead of against.

“To that end, the East Brandywine and Glen Moore volunteer fire companies recently announced a formal partnership they said will improve service to their communities. The companies will train, run emergency calls and merge some equipment purchases together, although they will maintain separate administrations.

“The companies have been informally testing the “strategic partnership” for the past two years, said John Edwards, assistant chief of East Brandywine, and Jeff Hannum, deputy chief of Glen Moore.

“On Sunday, the companies hosted a meeting of fire chiefs in their region to explain their decision and how they would continue to work with each other.

“‘What we are seeing in today’s age is that fewer people are volunteering; it is down across the board, whether in volunteer fire and EMS service or any other civic-minded organization,’ said Edwards. ‘If we don’t evolve, we will become extinct,’ said Hannum.

“All of the fire companies in Chester County have mutual aid agreements to help each other in an emergency. Typically, the fire company that covers an area is in charge while others assist. The agreement between the two companies merges leadership at an emergency call.

“Hannum explained the two companies have started sharing training activities, have kept in contact by e-mail and roundtable discussions, and in general have tried to Read the rest of this entry »