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today’s news … Thursday, March 8

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2012 at 6:00 am

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

Quote for today… “All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.”Helen Hayes

  • Wells Fargo in June will begin charging a $7 checking account fee to customers in Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, the bank said Thursday.” – Fox43 WPMT-TV
  • “Follow the yellow brick road to Columbia High School as it stages the classic story of “The Wizard of Oz” tonight through Saturday.
    The performances will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.” – MyColumbiaNews
  • Here’s something curious … Yesterday, a citizen, who happens to be a property owner and tax payer, mentioned to us that when the citizen tried to pay his property tax to the borough’s tax collector, the tax collector refused to accept the payment. When the citizen asked why, the citizen was told there was an issue with the borough centering on the substantiation and codification of collecting “certain fees.” According to the borough code, “§ 194-30. Definitions. The following words and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context or language clearly indicates or requires a different meaning: COLLECTOR – The person, public employee or private agency designated by the political subdivision to collect and administer the tax herein imposed.” The borough Website also addresses where property owners may pay taxes at the “Resident Information” page. We scanned through the borough codes (and you may want to as well) to find references about taxing fees but were unsuccessful in finding any reference to the situation. Here’s the Lancaster County tax collectors listing. Here’s a listing from a private-source information provider; interestingly, it appears to have better contact information for councilors and some borough personnel than the borough’s’ Website does. [NOTE: Want more information; here’s the link to The Pennsylvania Tax Collector’s Manual.]

The Conversation – “medical myth: organic food is more nutritious”

In Everyday Living, Opinions on March 8, 2012 at 5:30 am

A growing distrust of food has driven the growth of the organics market. Aiden Brooks

“Across the world, outbreaks of food-borne illness, contamination and environmental scares have generated a lot of media attention and plenty of fear around food safety. Think of the recent E. coli outbreaks, the Fukushima radiation leaks, health concerns about pollutants and the use of pesticides.

“The resulting distrust of the food supply has driven consumers to seek what they believe is the safest, cleanest, most sustainable and nutritious food choices: organics. And this is the type of food you would want to feed those you love, your family, your baby and yourself.

“The truth is that neither organic nor conventional food is better or worse than the other. But as the demand for organic food increases, so does the myth that it must have higher nutrient values.

“Whether you eat organic or non-organic produce is up to you. But factors to consider are cost, nutrition, taste and environment impact.


“Organic food does cost more than other food – sometimes a lot more. This is due to the extra costs to produce organic food, the need for more labour and, often, smaller crop sizes.

“Around 86% of Australians don’t eat the recommended five serves of vegetables daily and 46% don’t eat the recommended two serves of fruit a day.

“Cost can be a major barrier to increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. But it’s better to eat twice as much non-organic pumpkin, carrots, zucchinis and beans than half the amount of organic ones.

“Eating too few servings of fruit and vegetables is estimated to account for 1.4% of the total burden of disease in Australia, while greater consumption predicts better health and protects against chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Read the rest of this entry »

Columbia Music Night … it’s FREE entertainment on Saturday evening!

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 8, 2012 at 5:00 am