More Friday news items – 7/13/2018

What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball? | For 13 straight seasons, the strikeout rate has increased. Here’s why.”The Boston Globe

st francis

Just off the Route 30 east exit at Mountville, many people know where Scoops Ice Cream and Grille is, is where the Primrose Apartments at Mountville is too. And just across the road from the apartments is the above sign that advertises the coming of St. Francis Animal Hospital.

Things do happen fairly quickly in many municipalities.

Icecream-Map_Twitter“From cow to cone: Pa. announces first-ever Ice Cream Trail” – “As one scoop is never enough, we worked with our friends at the PA Department of Agriculture to create the Pennsylvania Pursue Your Scoops Ice Cream Trail. Our trail delivers a true cow-to-cone experience. Every location has a creamery on a farm that will swing open their doors for all to get the inside (and literal) scoop on fresh ice cream.” – VisitPA

Solar grants for business? Yes! For personal residences? No! | High Hotels announces $1.5M solar investment to power Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster” – Central Penn Business Journal

Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development Website states: “The Solar Energy Program (SEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).”

Good luck finding any State grant program for homeowner solar conversion. This non-state Website states: “A few years ago the $100 million boost to the Pennsylvania Sunshine program had solar power here buzzing. Unfortunately, with funding exhausted for the statewide solar power rebate program, other gaps in policy have drawn Pennsylvania back to the middle of the solar-friendly pack.

“There’s still a solid foundation to build around, and with a couple of easy tweaks lawmakers could again make Pennsylvania an example for solar policy. Needless to say, with so much to protect here –from the beautiful Presque Isle to the vast Alleghenys– Pennsylvania has countless reasons to support strong solar-promoting policy.”

yankee-go-home | “Tens of thousands expected to protest at Donald Trump UK visit” The Guardian



  1. Moving the pitchers mound back would result in more bunts or more attempts anyway. I doubt that is what MLB wants.
    MLB wants more runs, I want to see Gibson vs Jinkins and a 1-0 shutout. I’m irrelevant; i get it. It’s still a great game.

  2. Afraid not, a bit before my time. I do remember watching Stan the Man play his final game. Later I was privileged to hear a couple of seasons of Reds broadcasts when Al Michaels was calling the games. He was outstanding and I remember when he left for SAn Francisco; he became nationally recognized soon after.

    About the same time the Reds added another member to its broadcast crew. He was a former left hand pitcher who came up to the bigs at 15 years old; the youngest big leaguer ever I believe. If you never had a chance to here Joe Nuxhall, you missed a great one. Then, who you heard depended on the weather and how good your radio was. I miss fiddleing with the knob to keep the station in tune.

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