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today’s news … Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

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

Quote for today“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy

  • ‘Springettsbury Township’s incoming police chief said he hopes township residents take him up on the “coffee with the chief” chats he plans to have at least twice a month at local businesses.” –York Dispatch
  • “Our Lady of the Angels will be celebrating Vocation Day on April 27th at 404 Cherry Street, Columbia. This will be an all day event with the following guests:  Sr. Mary Beth Antonelli, OSF; Fr. Joshua Brommer; Fr. Robert Harrison, C.Ss. R.; Fr. Paul Helwig; Fr. Dennis Klemash, OFM,Cap.; Sr. Claudia Mauri, DM; Sr. Geralyn Schmidt, SCC; Sr. Helene Trueitt, ASC and Deacon Eugene Vannucci. The school theme this year is “Speak Lord, Your Servant is listening,” The faculty and staff at OLA is trying to make our students aware of how God has spoken to some of our Saints and how he speaks to us in our own lives. We have asked the guests to share with the students how God has called them to their vocation and how they are serving God now.” – Press Release
  • POLICE LOG:COLUMBIA: Marcel Gordon, 28, of Columbia, was taken into custody Thursday night in the 400 block of Locust Street on warrants for possession of cocaine and marijuana, borough police said.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era

Two of the “Top 10 ‘worst moments’ in US Baseball”

In History and Heritage, People on April 24, 2012 at 4:45 am

These two baseball stories about baseball’s “10 worst moments” come from Listverse.com. Christy Mathewson and Sandy Koufax are two of the greatest pitchers to ever play, yet both suffered with career-ending maladies. The other eight stories are equally tragic.

Christy Mathewson

Mathewson was one of the mightiest pitchers in baseball’s history. His whole career fell within the dead ball era, when a single ball was used for the entire game. Such balls were difficult to see after they were covered in infield dirt and tobacco spit (spitballs were legal until 1921). Mathewson was no stranger to the spitball, but he was known as a “control pitcher,” as opposed to a power pitcher like Nolan Ryan. Whereas, Ryan could heave a 100+ mph fastball, he isn’t renowned for his skill at any other pitch, and had quite a few wild ones.

Mathewson, however, could throw strikes with everything. You name it: the 2-seam fast, the 4-seam, the forkball, slider, sinker, curve, knuckle, knuckle-curve, palm, palm-curve, and his money pitch, the screwball, which curves in the opposite direction of the curveball. Mathewson could fling them all right into the strike zone and fan anyone.

Consider that, whereas Nolan Ryan scored the most career strikeouts at 5,714, 839 more than 2nd place, he also scored the most walks with 2,795. Thus he walked about 49% of the batters he faced throughout his career. Mathewson, on the other hand, struck out 2,507 batters, while he walked only 848, which is 33% of them. That’s a gargantuan margin of difference between two greats and serves to show the accuracy of “the Christian Gentleman.”

Unfortunately, he was stolen too early from baseball’s posterity, when, in 1918, he enlisted into WWI as a chemical weapons trainer for the infantry. Ty Cobb and George Sisler also enlisted into the same unit, and the three saw Read the rest of this entry »

5k River Run Sign Ups Under Way

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on April 24, 2012 at 4:28 am

Columbia, PA) – May 26, 2012     12th Annual 5k River Run 

The course for this event is a popular one – it crosses the Susquehanna River via the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Rt. 462) between Lancaster & York County which is closed to vehicular traffic during the event. River Run begins in Wrightsville at 8:30 am and finishes in “record time” against this scenic backdrop. Pre-registration is available through Friday, May 25 at 6 pm.    Registrations received through May 11 qualify for the early entry fee of $20 and are guaranteed to receive a T-shirt before the Run.

Entries after May 11 are $25; a T-shirt will be ordered for you but may not be available on Run day. Participants may also register on the day of the Run beginning at 7:30 am at the Wrightsville Elementary School at 300 Chestnut St., Wrightsville.  The Run is held rain or shine.

For more information or a registration form, visit our website or call 717-684-5249. Walkers and those with strollers welcome to participate. Please, no pets.

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is a 501c6 non-profit organization. Annual fundraising events such as this help to keep the Visitors Center open year ’round serving the tri-borough communities of Marietta, Wrightsville & Columbia as well as the outlying areas.