wonderline

The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: In combining the county’s and city’s emergency dispatch services, did all the dispatchers (county and city) retain employment?

A: Yes, they all retained employment.

Three of the city dispatchers were hired on by the county for the new consolidated emergency communications center. The other two city dispatchers remained employees of the city police department in administrative roles.

All the county dispatchers retained employment and remain county employees.

One additional person, who was not employed by either entity before the consolidation, was hired.

And that filled the entire roster of dispatchers for the newly consolidated communications center.

Q: What is the number of signatures that has to be gathered on the recall petition for the mayor, for a special election to be held?

A: According to York County Clerk Kelly Turner, she determined the number to be 1,149. She said this was based on the number of ballots cast in the last mayoral race, including those in which had write-in votes for people other than the candidates.

Q: I’m just curious about something. Yes, I know it was put to a vote whether the extra half-cent sales tax should be created for the construction of the new ballfield complex and the quiet zone and other projects. My question is whether or not there was ever a big public meeting to discuss what the ballfield complex would look like, how many fields there should be, what features should be included. Was such a meeting ever held?

A: Yes, that meeting was held on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., in the theater of the York High School.

During that meeting topics discussed among those in attendance included the project’s timeline, location options, design ideas, the number of fields, desired features, etc.

Q: How long has the new combined emergency communications center been discussed? It seems like a long time already. But I’m glad to see that construction is right around the corner.

A: The discussion regarding a combined emergency communications center has been discussed since mid-2015.

That fall, the commissioners started a sinking fund to help pay for the communications center when it came time.

Official conversations with consultants took place in 2016 and the interlocal agreement with the city was signed in 2017.

Q: Where is recreational marijuana legal?

A: Recreational marijuana is legal in Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Colorado, California, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

As a side note, medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

Q: Some ladies and I, at a club meeting not too long ago, were having a potluck dinner.

One lady said, “I think my favorite meal in the world is a potluck dinner.”

And another lady said, “Me, too. I wonder why it’s called potluck.”

So I said, “Hey, let’s write to the Wonderline and find out!”

So, here we are! Where did the term of potluck come from?

A: One of the first published instances using the term of “potluck” was by Thomas Nashe, who wrote during Shakespeare’s time. In 1592, Nashe included the term in his stage drama “Summer’s Last Will and Testament,” according to Robert Palmatier in “Food: A Dictionary of Literal and Nonliteral Terms.” The original text in which the word is used states, “Because you are my countrymen and so forth; and a good fellow, is a good fellow, though he have never a penny in his purse. We had but even pot-luck, a little to moisten our lips, and no more.”

This is according to classroom.com.

The noun, adjective and adverb definitions of potluck include “accepting an unplanned offering.” For example, the original meaning of potluck was a noun, and it meant a meal with no planned menu. It was a meal that had food available that was the “luck of the draw.”

In modern usage, potluck is usually an adjective. A potluck supper is typically referred to as a food gathering where everyone brings a random dish – but you already knew that.

Q: I have a lot of pumpkins this year and want to use some in a savory way because last year I just got completely burned out on pumpkin pie, pumpkin dessert, etc. Got any ideas that aren’t too crazy?

A: Here’s an idea that’s really good – and remember, you can associate a pumpkin with a savory dish because it doesn’t take on the dessert connotation until you add sugar and pumpkin pie spice and the like.

So, we actually tried this one to see if it is any good and it was.

It sounds weird, but just give it a try.

Cook some fettucine noodles.

Then in a large skillet, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add two minced garlic cloves and saute. Then stir in ¾ cup of pumpkin puree and ½ teaspoon of rosemary. Pour in ½ cup of milk and stir until combined.

Then stir in ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for five minutes until it reaches the consistency you want.

Turn off the heat and toss the pasta with the sauce. Add some more parmesan (just because it’s good).

And there you have it . . . pumpkin alfredo.


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