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today’s news … Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2012 at 5:45 am

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

Quote for today“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby

A sign posted on the door of the Columbia tax collector Tom Vecchiolli’s office directs tax payers to the borough office. Vecchiolli abruptly resigned this week. (Richard Hertzler/Staff – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era)

  • Tax collector resigns – “You don’t often see the government actually turn away taxpayer money. Unless, of course, you live in Columbia. Residents who tried to pay their 2012 property-tax bill there this week were told to hold onto their money, for now, as the borough struggles to cover for the abrupt resignation of its tax collector last weekend. Tom Vecchiolli, who was elected to a four-year term in November 2009, notified borough officials that he was resigning the post at the height of tax season, a move that took many by surprise.” – LancasterOnLine
  • “Gorman Distributors announces the grand opening of their new property on March 22nd at 2pm. Gorman Distributors, a family owned business that has been operating since 1963, has recently purchased the property at 1201 Manor Street, Columbia.  The property was vacant since 2008 and underwent four months of renovations.  Gorman Distributors moved into the property in late January and is finishing the renovations while occupied.  The family is excited about their new and permanent home in Columbia.  The building is going to give the business much needed space to expand their vending distribution operations.  Gorman Distributors, serves five Pennsylvania counties with their trucks and 48 states through UPS ground.” – Gorman Distributors press release
  • ” … the Elections Board unanimously voted to move the Columbia Borough First Ward polling place from the Columbia Borough Fire Police headquarters to Columbia Historic Market House, 15 S. 3rd St.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era article, March 21, 2012, Lancaster County Board of Elections moves polling places
  • It’s not just here! “China’s drivers and businesses are about to go through the second increase in gas and diesel prices in six weeks. The central government has pushed up the price of gas 6.4% as part of the most recent change. Diesel prices were raised 7%.” – Wall St. 24/7

Produce Geek offers “What’s ripe now?” suggestions

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on March 21, 2012 at 5:10 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!

Spring Fling Sweet Onion Pasta

Juicy, crisp and mild yet zippy – that’s how a fresh Sweet Onion tastes, making them perfect for sandwiches, burgers and salads. Mellow, sweet and rich – that’s how a cooked Sweet Onion tastes, making them ideal for sauteing, grilling, braising and roasting. Now is a great time to enjoy fresh Sweet Onions from Mexico and 1015 variety Sweet Onions from Texas. Prices are affordable so retailers are promoting jumbo sized Sweet Onions in loose displays and medium to large sized ones in bags. You’ll often find that the fresher the Sweet Onion, the flakier the skin. Don’t let the thin outer flaking skin scare you, however, use that Sweet Onion within a week or two before it goes bad. Select Sweet Onions that are firm and free from strong odor. Store them at room temperature out of direct sunlight.

RECIPE: Spring Fling Sweet Onion Pasta

  • Boil 1 box of Whole Wheat Spaghetti until al dente
  • Chop 1 jumbo Sweet Onion into 1×1/2 inch pieces
  • Clean, trim and halve 8 oz of Brussels Sprouts
  • Wash and trim 1 Broccoli Crown into florets
  • Blanch Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli Florets in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes
  • Heat 3-4 tbps Olive Oil with Crushed Read the rest of this entry »

“Other unintentionally set, careless” actions and “smoking” are the leading causes of fire according to USFA report

In Everyday Living, Opportunities on March 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. The report, Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) (PDF, 916 Kb), was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is based on 2008 to 2010 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

“According to the report:

  • Ninety-two percent of all civilian fatalities in residential building fires involve thermal burns and smoke inhalation.
  • The leading specific location where civilian fire fatalities occur in residential buildings is the bedroom (55 percent).
  • Fifty percent of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This period also accounts for 47 percent of fatal fires.
  • Thirty-six percent of fire victims in residential buildings were trying to escape at the time of their deaths; an additional 35 percent were sleeping.
  • “Other unintentionally set, careless” actions and “smoking” (each accounting for 16 percent) are the leading causes of fatal residential building fires.
  • Approximately 44 percent of civilian fatalities in residential building fires are between the ages of 40 and 69. Thirteen percent of the fire fatalities in residential buildings were less than 10 years old.

“Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) is part of the Topical Fire Report Series. Topical reports explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are Read the rest of this entry »